Oklahoma Kidnapping/Abducting Laws


Kidnapping is the crime of taking a person against their will to an undisclosed location.  This may be done for ransom or in furtherance of another crime, or in connection with a child custody dispute.

According to the laws of Oklahoma if any person, without lawful authority, forcibly seizes and confines another, or inveigles or kidnaps another, with intent, either:

  • To cause such other person to be confined or imprisoned in this state against the will of the other person; or
  • To cause such other person to be sent out of this state against the will of the other person; or
  • To cause such person to be sold as a slave, or in any way held to service against the will of such person,

Such person shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not exceeding twenty years.  However, the consent of the person kidnapped or confined, shall not be a defense, unless it appears satisfactorily to the jury, that such person was above the age of twelve years, and that such consent was not extorted by threat, or by duress[i].

Every person who, without lawful authority, forcibly seizes and confines another, or inveigles or kidnaps for purpose of extortion or assisting in disposing, receiving, possessing or exchanging money or property received shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction shall suffer death or imprisonment in the State Penitentiary, not less than ten years[ii].  However, if the offender is not a principal in the kidnapping, s/he shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary, not less than five (5) years[iii].

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[i] 21 Okl. St. § 741

[ii] 21 Okl. St. § 745

[iii] 21 Okl. St. § 745