What Is Considered Kidnapping? Are There Degrees of It?

September 30, 2015

Most people are aware that the crime of kidnapping involves taking or abducting a person. In Texas, the legal definition for kidnapping can be found in Section 20.03 of the Texas Penal Code. In this section, the law states that kidnapping is the act of knowingly or intentionally abducting another person. The same section defines abduction as the act of restricting a person’s freedom by hiding or concealing that person or threatening to use deadly force.