Kidnapping is a very serious crime that can be committed for a number of different reasons. For instance, some kidnappers commit the crime in conjunction with other illegal activities such as extortion, trafficking, or sexual assault. In New Jersey, kidnapping is defined as unlawfully removing another person from a place of residence, business, or a substantial distance from the location where they were found; or holding a person for ransom, reward, or as a shield or hostage. If you would like to learn more, or if you were charged, our experienced Bergen County criminal defense attorney is on your side.
New Jersey law prohibits detaining another individual for any of the following reasons:
In New Jersey, kidnapping is a crime in the first degree unless the actor dismisses the unharmed victim to a safe place prior to being arrested; in that case, the offense is a second-degree crime.
It is important to note that if a murder happens during the kidnapping, the defendant can be charged with first-degree murder under the felony-murder rule. Give our firm a call today to speak with a dedicated member of our legal team.
There are several different defenses that an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney can use against a kidnapping charge. Some of the most common include:
Furthermore, an affirmative defense can be used if the actor reasonably believed that the action was required to stop direct danger to the victim’s welfare, then this defense may be available if the actor gives reasonable notice to the authorities. To learn more about this offense, do not hesitate to reach out to our legal team today. We are on your side no matter what you are facing.
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