New Jersey Kidnapping Lawyers Defend the Freedom and Reputation of Clients Charged with Federal Kidnapping Offenses
Have you been arrested and charged with kidnapping under federal law? Being convicted for a federal kidnapping offense can carry severe penalties, including long prison sentences and stiff fines. A criminal record can also negatively impact your reputation and opportunities for years. Don’t leave the outcome of your case to chance. Turn to the federal kidnapping defense attorneys of Agre & St. John to protect your future.
With 70 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have gained unique insight into criminal law as both defense lawyers and prosecutors. We use our knowledge of the criminal justice system to prepare tailored case strategies designed to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients. We have worked hard to build a reputation for providing great results for our clients. When you choose us to help you face federal kidnapping charges, you can expect our attorneys to fight as hard as needed in your case, even if that means going to trial to assert your innocence. You will always receive compassionate, empathetic service from our firm to help you through this challenging time in your life.
Federal kidnapping charges are a serious criminal offense that carry severe punishments for a conviction. Get help from experienced New Jersey kidnapping lawyers to defend your rights and freedom. Contact Agre & St. John for a free initial case review to discuss your options in your case with our legal team.
When facing federal charges, trust Agre & St. John's experienced attorneys to mount a vigorous defense and protect your rights in complex federal criminal cases. Call 856-454-8674 or complete our online contact form for a confidential consultation.
Federal Kidnapping Statutes
Kidnapping is considered a violent crime that occurs when someone seizes or transports a victim against their will. Kidnapping may involve confining someone against their will or taking them to another location without their consent. The federal kidnapping statute is contained in 18 U.S.C. s. 1201. The statute makes it illegal to unlawfully seize, confine, abduct, carry away, or hold for ransom or reward any person, except for children by their parent or guardian. The statute triggers federal prosecution when:
- The victim is transported in interstate or foreign commerce, regardless of whether the victim was alive when transported across the border
- The perpetrator travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses the mail or any means, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce to commit the offense
- The offense is committed in the special maritime, special aircraft, or territorial jurisdiction of the United State
- The victim is a foreign official, an internationally protected person, or an official guest of the United States
- The victim is a government official or employee who is kidnapped while engaged in or on account of their official duties
The statute further creates a rebuttable presumption that a victim has been transported in interstate or foreign commerce when they are not released within 24 hours after being kidnapped.
Penalties for kidnapping under federal law are severe. Courts may impose a term of years or life imprisonment for a completed kidnapping or any overt act to implement a conspiracy to kidnap. Attempted kidnapping carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. However, if the victim of a kidnapping is a minor and the perpetrator is not the minor’s parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle, or other person having custody of the minor, the law imposes a minimum sentence of 20 years.
Other federal statutes govern offenses related to kidnapping, such as hostage taking, ransoming an individual, or international parental kidnapping.
Don't face federal charges alone – schedule a confidential consultation with Agre & St. John's skilled defense team to understand your options and build a robust defense strategy.
Let the Federal Kidnapping Defense Attorneys of Agre & St. John Fight to Protect Your Rights and Future from Criminal Charges
Because kidnapping is considered a serious violent offense, federal prosecutors vigorously pursue convictions on kidnapping charges. You deserve strong legal representation from New Jersey kidnapping lawyers that will stand up for your interests. When you turn to Agre & St. John for help after being charged with kidnapping in federal court, you can expect our legal team to quickly get to work on your case by:
- Investigating your charges to recover all available evidence in your case
- Identifying potential defenses or case strategies that may prove effective in securing a favorable resolution of your charges
- Sitting down with you to thoroughly explain your charges, potential outcomes, and your legal rights, and answering questions you may have throughout the case to help you make informed decisions at each step
- Contesting the government’s case against you by moving to exclude evidence as inadmissible or unlawfully obtained from you by investigators, or moving to dismiss the charges for lack of sufficient evidence to bring you to trial
- Pursuing the best possible outcome for you, whether by negotiating a fair plea deal with the prosecution if appropriate, or advocating your defense at trial when if you decide to fight your charges
Contact Our Firm for a Free Confidential Consultation to Talk to Our New Jersey Kidnapping Lawyers About Your Legal Options
If you’ve been arrested and charged by federal officials with kidnapping, you need experienced legal advocates on your side. Contact Agre & St. John today for a free consultation to learn more about how our federal kidnapping defense attorneys will aggressively pursue a favorable resolution to your criminal charges.