Connecticut Kidnapping/Abduction Laws

In Connecticut, kidnapping is classified into two categories: first degree kidnapping and second degree kidnapping.  According to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-92, a person is guilty of kidnapping in the first degree when s/he abducts another person for ransom or for inflicting physical injury upon him or her or sexually abusing; or accomplishing the commission of a felony; or terrorizing him or her or a third person; or interfering with the performance of a government function.

Kidnapping in the first degree is a class A felony.

According to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-92a a person is guilty of kidnapping in the first degree with a firearm when he commits kidnapping in the first degree using or threatening the use of firearm.  Kidnapping in the first degree with a firearm is a class A felony for which one year of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court.

According to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-94, a person is guilty of kidnapping in the second degree when he abducts another person.

Kidnapping in the second degree is a class B felony for which three years of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court.

According to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-94a a person is guilty of kidnapping in the second degree with a firearm when he commits kidnapping in the second degree using or threatening the use of firearm.

Kidnapping in the second degree with a firearm is a class B felony for which three years of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court.

A Kidnapping in the first degree is an intentional crime. There are three separate intentional acts involved in kidnapping; the first is the intent as an element of “abduction,” the second is the intent as an element of “restrain,” third is the intent to violate or abuse the complainant sexually.[1]

A Class A felony other than murder and sexual assault of a minor is punishable with a term of imprisonment not less than ten years or more than 25 years.

A Class B felony other than manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm is punishable with a term not less than one year nor more than 20 years.

The Connecticut Department of Public Safety aims to protect citizens by assisting in th prevention and prosecution of kidnapping crimes.  

Connecticut Department of Public Safety
 

 


[1] State v. Kelly, 1997 Conn. Super. LEXIS 2106 (Conn. Super. Ct. May 22, 1997)


Inside Connecticut Kidnapping/Abduction Laws