Chapter 265, section 26 of the General Laws of Massachusetts describe kidnapping as a person who “without lawful authority, forcibly carries or secretly confines or imprisons another person within this commonwealth against his will, or forcibly carries or sends such person out of this Commonwealth, or forcibly seizes and confines or inveigles or kidnaps another person, with intent either to cause him to be secretly confined or imprisoned in this Commonwealth against his will, or to cause him to be sent out of this Commonwealth against his will or in any way held to service against his will.”

The penalties for kidnapping is a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment in state jail of up to two years. These penalties increase if the kidnapper used a gun, caused injury or sexually assaulted the victim, or if the kidnapping was used for extortion. Kidnapping in itself is a serious charge and it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible if you or someone you know is suspected of kidnapping.