Kidnapping, carjacking, false imprisonment are very serious crimes, especially when they are taken and held for ransom. When these crimes occur, along with another violent crime, the penalties are very severe if convicted.
N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1 defines kidnapping as moving someone against her will and taking her to another location. Usually a kidnapped victim is moved and held for ransom, could be held for sex, torture, threats of bodily harm, or for the exchange of something or someone else. This charge is very serious and requires immediate and competent representation through The Mark Law Firm team of criminal defense lawyers.
Kidnapping is a 2nd Degree crime if the victim is safely freed from captivity, and if convicted will result in up to 10 years in State prison. Conversely, Kidnapping in the 1st occurs if the victim is freed by force from someone other than the kidnapper or by escape. A 1st degree kidnapping conviction may lead to 20 years in State prison.
Kidnapping is an indictable offense, but is enhanced if the victim is under 16 years of age, or if another crime is committed simultaneously with the kidnapping. The enhanced penalty may be as high as 25 years in Prison, with no parole, or 25 years to life with no possibility of parole within the first 25 years.
The Mark Law Firm and its lawyers handle kidnapping charges throughout the state of New Jersey, Somerset County, and in Montgomery New Jersey. Contact us now for your consultation, or call us at 908-375-6767. Our team of aggressive, experience lawyers will defend you against kidnapping charges.