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Kidnapping Arrest in NY or NYC?

If a person abducts someone in New York, he may be guilty of kidnapping in the second degree, which is a class B felony.

First degree kidnapping is a class A-I felony, and is substantially more serious. Some possible elements of kidnapping in the first degree include:

  • Using the kidnapping to compel a third person to pay a ransom or to do something particular or not do something particular
  • Keeping the victim for more than 12 hours in order to:
    • Hurt, violate or sexually abuse the victim
    • Accomplish a felony
    • Terrorize the victim or another person
    • Interfere with a governmental or political function or
  • If the victim dies at some point during the kidnapping

It is an affirmative defense for kidnapping in New York City that the:

  • Defendant was a relative of the person kidnapped and
  • The defendant’s only aim was to assume control over the person

New York law can be very confusing, so if you’ve been charged with kidnapping or another crime, you should hire a top New York City criminal defense attorney. Lisa Pelosi is a criminal defense attorney with over 30 years of experience, and she would like to help you work through your legal troubles. She will take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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