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006. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE — OFFENSES AGAINST PERSONS  – KIDNAPPING OFFENSES

The Crime of Kidnapping in Colorado

First degree kidnapping in Colorado

A person who does any of the following acts with the intent thereby to force the victim or any other person to make any concession or give up anything of value in order to secure a release of a person under the offender’s actual or apparent control commits first degree kidnapping: a) forcibly seizes and carries any person from one place to another; b) entices or persuades any person to go from one place to another; or c) imprisons or forcibly secretes any person. 18-3-301 (1)

First degree kidnapping is a class 2 felony if the kidnapped person was liberated unharmed. 18-3-301 (3)

First degree kidnapping is a class 1 felony if the person kidnapped suffered bodily injury; but no person convicted of first degree kidnapping may be sentenced to death if the person kidnapped was liberated alive prior to the conviction of the kidnapper. 18-3-301 (2)

Second degree kidnapping in Colorado

A person who knowingly seizes and carries any person from one place to another, without consent or lawful justification or takes, entices, or decoys away any child not his or her own who is under the age of 18 commits a class 4 felony, if the person kidnapped is not a victim of sexual assault or robbery, and the use of a deadly weapon is not employed. 18-3-302 (5)

Second degree kidnapping is a class 3 felony if the kidnapping is accomplished with the intent to sell, trade, or barter the victim for consideration. 18-3-302 (4) (a) (I)

Second degree kidnapping that is accomplished by the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon (excluding kidnappings involving sexual assault or robbery) is a class 3 felony. 18-3-302 (4) (a) (II)

Second degree kidnapping that is accomplished by the perpetrator representing that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon is a class 3 felony. 18-3-302 (4) (a) (III)

Second degree kidnapping is a class 2 felony if the person kidnapped is a victim of a sexual offense or a robbery. 18-3-302 (3) (a)

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