Houston Kidnapping Lawyer


Former Prosecutor Defending Those Accused of Kidnapping

Kidnapping is charged under Section 20.03 of the Texas Penal Code. According to the code, “A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly abducts another person.” Kidnapping is charged as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Kidnapping is a serious offense under the Texas Penal Code. If you are charged under Sec. 20.03, you need legal representation. You need an aggressive, passionate Houston Defense Attorney that will fight to protect your freedom. Houston Kidnapping Attorney James Alston is an experienced trial lawyer that knows what it takes to get a favorable outcome in your case. Contact James Alston Law to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

Defenses to Charges for Kidnapping

Texas law recognizes several affirmative defenses to kidnapping, including that:

  • “The abduction was not coupled with intent to use or to threaten to use deadly force;
  • The actor was a relative of the person abducted; and
  • The actor’s sole intent was to assume lawful control of the victim.”

Aggravated Kidnapping Charges in Houston

Aggravated kidnapping is defined under Section 20.04 of the Texas Penal Code. According to the code, a person can be convicted of aggravated kidnapping if he “intentionally or knowingly abducts another person with the intent to:

  • Hold him for ransom or reward;
  • Use him as a shield or hostage
  • Facilitate the commission of a felony or the flight after the attempt or commission of a felony;
  • Inflict bodily injury on him or violate or abuse him sexually;
  • Terrorize him or a third person; or
  • Interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.”

Additionally, a person may be charged with aggravated kidnapping if they use or exhibit a deadly weapon during the abduction. Generally, aggravated kidnapping is charged as a first-degree felony.

Hiring a Leading Houston Kidnapping Lawyer

If you have been charged with kidnapping, you need experience you can trust. You need a skilled litigator that will fight the charges against you, protecting your rights and freedom. Without a knowledgeable defense attorney, you could face years in prison.

Attorney James Alston is a former state and federal prosecutor. His knowledge of Texas law is second-to-none. He is a board-certified criminal defense lawyer recognized throughout the State as a leader in the field. Contact James Alston Law today at (713) 228-1400 to schedule a consultation.