Simple Kidnapping Law and Legal Definition

Simple kidnapping means kidnapping not attended by an aggravating factor. The determining factor in the crime of simple kidnapping is the actual distance of the victim's movements. Further, the minimum movements necessary for the commission of the crime must be present where the victim is forcibly taken into another part of the same county. However, neither the incidental nature of the movement, the defendant's motivation to escape detection, nor the possible enhancement of danger to the victim resulting from the movement is a factor to be considered in the determination of substantiality of movement for the offense of simple kidnapping.