Kidnapping in New Jersey is defined at N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1 as follows:
a. Holding for ransom, reward or as a hostage. A person is guilty of kidnapping if he unlawfully removes another from the place where he is found or if he unlawfully confines another with the purpose of holding that person for ransom or reward or as a shield or hostage.
b.Holding for other purposes. A person is guilty of kidnapping if he unlawfully removes another from his place of residence or business, or a substantial distance from the vicinity where he is found, or if he unlawfully confines another for a substantial period, with any of the following purposes:
(1) To facilitate commission of any crime or flight thereafter;
(2) To inflict bodily injury on or to terrorize the victim or another;
(3) To interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function; or
(4) To permanently deprive a parent, guardian or other lawful custodian of custody of the victim.
In New Jersey, kidnapping is graded as either a first or second degree crime. Whether you have been charged with kidnapping a child or an adult, you are facing significant fines and a lengthy prison sentence. Retaining a seasoned and aggressive New Jersey kidnapping attorney, like Adam M. Lustberg, is the only way that you are going to be able to overcome these charges completely or to minimize the length of your prison sentence.
In New Jersey, kidnapping can be defined as removing someone against their will from somewhere, usually with an intent to hold the person for ransom or as a hostage. Kidnapping can also be when you do not let someone leave from where they are, or when a person is moved from a place to make it easier for a crime to be committed or to injure or torture that person. In addition, when a person interferes with the government by holding a person or if they are depriving parents/guardians of being with their child, this can also be considered kidnapping.
If the victims are safely released, kidnapping is a second degree crime and can result in up to 10 years in prison. If the victim is freed by force by someone other than the person who did the kidnapping, if he/she is exchanged for ransom money or goods, or if the victim is harmed, this is a first degree crime and can carry a sentence of up to 30 years. Some situations merit a mandatory of 25 years in prison without parole, which is why you want to consult a criminal defense attorney to ensure that you have the defense that you need. It is important that you Adam M. Lustberg to discuss your specific case and let you know how much time you could get if convicted.
Kidnapping is a very serious charge. You need an attorney that will fight for you and defend your rights, or you may face some very significant prison time. Adam M. Lustberg offers knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation and will defend you against these charges with fierce determination. Contact Lustberg Law Offices, LLC today for experienced representation at a reasonable cost. You will be glad you did.