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Legal Statutes: Utah

UPDATED November 15, 2016

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Part 3. Kidnapping, Trafficking, and Smuggling

back to top76-5-301. Kidnapping

(1) An actor commits kidnapping if the actor intentionally or knowingly, without authority of law, and against the will of the victim:

(a) detains or restrains the victim for any substantial period of time;

(b) detains or restrains the victim in circumstances exposing the victim to risk of bodily injury;

(c) holds the victim in involuntary servitude;

(d) detains or restrains a minor without the consent of the minor's parent or legal guardian or the consent of a person acting in loco parentis, if the minor is 14 years of age or older but younger than 18 years of age; or

(e) moves the victim any substantial distance or across a state line.

(2) As used in this section, acting “against the will of the victim” includes acting without the consent of the legal guardian or custodian of a victim who is a mentally incompetent person.

(3) Kidnapping is a second degree felony.

Laws 1973, c. 196, § 76-5-301; Laws 1983, c. 88, § 13; Laws 2001, c. 301, § 2, eff. April 30, 2001.