On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Under Missouri law, the consequences for committing a crime can be very severe. A conviction for the violation of a federal criminal law can often bring with it more serious penalties than the violation of a state law. However, everyone has rights that must be upheld. Someone who is accused of committing a crime deserves the appropriate treatment and a strong criminal defense.
A recent Missouri case involving a kidnapping and attempted robbery has left one man facing serious accusations. The 26-year-old man involved in the case has been charged with first-degree attempted robbery, two counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree assault and two counts of felonious restraint.
According to authorities, the 26-year-old man forced himself into a home with the use of a handgun. He then restrained a man and his girlfriend. He and two other men searched the home for money. When the 26-year-old did not find any money in the home, he allegedly stabbed the man in his shoulder and left arm and struck him in the face with the handgun.
Although the woman was able to escape, the man was placed into the trunk of his car. The accused allegedly began driving towards St. Louis. However, the man was able to free himself from the trunk of the car. He later identified the 26-year-old man to police.
Kidnapping is a serious crime. Under federal and state laws, kidnapping is defined as taking someone against his or her will.
Despite the serious charges the man faces, he remains innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. He would be wise to begin planning a strong defense against the charges. In certain criminal cases, an attorney will focus their defense on reducing any potential penalties rather than focusing on the innocence of the accused.
Source: Maryland Heights Patch, “Man Charged in Maryland Heights Kidnapping, Stabbing and Attempted Robbery,” Joe Scott, June 1, 2012