New York Kidnapping Defense Attorney
At the beginning of October, 2008, a new law went into effect which doubled the penalties that one may face for kidnapping - to 50 years in prison. This is an attempt by law enforcement and law officials to hopefully deter a suspected kidnapper from killing his or her victim. The crime of kidnapping is typically a federal offense and is one of many serious violent crimes. Kidnapping is defined as taking a person against his/her will and moving him/her from one location to another, also known as “false imprisonment”. People may be kidnapped for ransom,
sex crimes and during
domestic violence situations or bitter child custody disputes. Regardless of the reason a person kidnaps another, it is a serious felony offense under state and federal law.
New York Kidnapping Cases and Charges
The following are types of kidnapping charges that one may face in New York:
- Simple Kidnapping: Taking someone by force and holding him/her against his/her will.
- Aggravated Kidnapping: Aggravated kidnapping may be charged when a victim is sexually or physically harmed with bodily injury, or is terrorized. It may also be charged when the victim is under the age of 14, is used as a human shield, is held for reward and ransom, or is kidnapping during a major felony.
- Parental Kidnapping: A parent without legal custody of a child (a non-custodial parent) may be charged with this if he/she takes his/her child without the prior consent of the custodial parent.
Depending on the seriousness of the kidnapping charge, and any past criminal convictions, enhancement penalties may also be enforced - which may result in life in prison or the death penalty. At the Law Offices of Brian D. Perskin our experienced lawyers help defend individuals against any type of kidnapping charges in New York. A professional New York kidnapping lawyer at our firm can help protect your legal rights and work to minimize the charges.
Kidnapping Lawyer in New York, NY
Abduction and kidnapping are different because abduction involves the intent to keep a child or person long term. Kidnapping, however, is typically carried out for some other reason or with the intent to commit other criminal acts. Law enforcement will do whatever it takes to stop a kidnapper because they are widely aware that many kidnapping crimes may lead to homicide. If you are up against a kidnapping charge, contact a
New York criminal attorney at our firm today so we may begin building a strategic defense for your kidnapping case.
Contact a New York kidnapping attorney from our firm today for your legal defense.