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Legal Statutes: Washington

UPDATED August 10, 2017

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Chapter 9A.40. Kidnapping, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Custodial Interference

back to top9A.40.030. Kidnapping in the second degree

(1) A person is guilty of kidnapping in the second degree if he or she intentionally abducts another person under circumstances not amounting to kidnapping in the first degree.


(2) In any prosecution for kidnapping in the second degree, it is a defense if established by the defendant by a preponderance of the evidence that (a) the abduction does not include the use of or intent to use or threat to use deadly force, and (b) the actor is a relative of the person abducted, and (c) the actor's sole intent is to assume custody of that person. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall constitute a defense to a prosecution for, or preclude a conviction of, any other crime.


(3)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, kidnapping in the second degree is a class B felony.


(b) Kidnapping in the second degree with a finding of sexual motivation under RCW 9.94A.835 or 13.40.135 is a class A felony.


[2003 c 53 § 65, eff. July 1, 2004; 2001 2nd sp.s. c 12 § 356; 1975 1st ex.s. c 260 § 9A.40.030.]