Kidnapping in New Jersey
In New Jersey, Kidnapping is one of the most serious crimes in New Jersey, is codified by N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1 and is punishable up to life in prison under certain circumstances.
The Bianchi Law Group, LLC
The Bianchi Law Group is made up of former trial prosecutors and other “of counsel” attorneys who have handled the investigations and prosecutions of most crimes in New Jersey and will defend you for all federal and state crimes in New Jersey including kidnapping.
Former Kidnapping Prosecutors
Founding Partner and Former Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi has returned to private practice after running the operations of the entire Morris County Prosecutor’s Office having served as the Morris County Prosecutor for 5 and 1/2 years (2007-2013). Mr. Bianchi was appointed as the Morris County Prosecutor by the Governor of the State of New Jersey and unanimously confirmed by the New Jersey Senate in 2007. While serving as the Morris County Prosecutor, Mr. Bianchi ran the entire office’s operations, inclusive of all of its attorneys, detectives, and support staff with a budget of approximately 11 million dollars. His innovative programs and approach have led to numerous awards from State, Local, Municipal, business, and private entities. Robert Bianchi served on the Executive Board of the County Prosecutors’ Association and was one of the few prosecutors in many years to actually argue cases, motions, and sentences in court, and actually tried a murder case himself, which is extremely rare for a sitting county prosecutor.
Mr. Bianchi was previously a Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor (1989-1996) and thereafter a partner in the law firm Bianchi & Bianchi (1996-2007) with his father, Angelo R. Bianchi (“of counsel” to The Bianchi Law Group and Former NJ Banking Commissioner). Robert was one of the few attorneys in the State who qualified to handle death penalty cases when New Jersey had the death penalty. Read Robert Bianchi’s full biography here.
Partner David J. Bruno has also returned to private practice after serving as Morris County Assistant Prosecutor (2007-2013). As an assistant prosecutor, Mr. Bruno prosecuted murder, major crimes, white collar, internal affairs, domestic violence, kidnapping and elderly abuse cases. Additionally, Mr. Bruno handled fraud and Major Crimes investigations and successfully tried a wide variety of trials including securing convictions for several high profile murder cases. Read David Bruno’s full biography here.
In December 2012, then Prosecutor Bianchi and Assistant Prosecutor Bruno worked together to secure a murder conviction against Jose Feliciano for the violent death of Father Edward Hinds in at St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham, New Jersey. Mr. Feliciano was sentenced to life without parole.
Together, Robert A. Bianchi, Angelo R. Bianchi, David J. Bruno and other “of counsel” attorneys make up an aggressive, ethical, and results-oriented New Jersey Criminal Defense firm who handle all criminal, municipal and DUI/DWI cases in New Jersey including kidnapping cases.
Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys by the New Jersey Supreme Court
Partners Robert A. Bianchi and David J. Bruno are also both certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial Attorneys.
In New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court has a certification committee which classifies certain New Jersey Lawyers as Certified Trial Attorneys. The process requires the prospective attorneys to satisfy a strict criteria including extensive jury trials, a primary focus in criminal law, an application submission, a peer review process, a character and background check and to pass a written examination. As of 2013, only 2 % of attorneys in the State of New Jersey are recognized as Certified Trial Attorneys and only 1% of all attorneys are recognized as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. This should be an important factor in finding a New Jersey criminal defense attorney to represent you. Many New Jersey Lawyers describe themselves as trial attorneys but most do not have the New Jersey Court’s distinction as Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.
Kidnapping Penalties in New Jersey
Kidnapping is a crime of the first degree and upon conviction thereof, a person may be sentenced to an term of imprisonment between 15 and 30 years in New Jersey State prison. If the actor releases the victim unharmed and in a safe place prior to apprehension, it is a crime of the second degree where the defendant may be sentenced up to 10 years in New Jersey State prison.
There may be circumstances where a kidnapping in New Jersey will be considered a first degree crime a may be sentenced up to life in prison when the victim is 16 years or under and the actor commit sexual crimes against that victim.
Crimes in the second degree range can be punishable from 5 years to 10 years in New Jersey State prison.
The Sentencing judge may also order fines and restitution as prescribed by 2C:43-3 and possibly Penalties assessed against sex offenders as prescribed by 2C:14-10 (if applicable) for all convictions for Kidnapping in New Jersey.
Trial Ready New Jersey Criminal Lawyers
Like in all of our cases handled at the Bianchi Law Group, our experienced staff of trial attorneys and “of counsel” attorneys are there to make sure the Government can prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. If our attorneys cannot resolve the case with a dismissal or a fair and just plea bargain, our lawyers at The Bianchi Law Group will not hesitate to select a jury and take the case to trial. That is what we do and what distinguishes us from other attorneys. We are former prosecutors, trial tested, and certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as certified criminal trial attorneys… We will not hesitate to go to trial.
Contact Us Today for a Free Initial Consultation
Contact Former Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi, Esq., Angelo R. Bianchi and David J. Bruno, Esq. at The Bianchi Law Group, LLC online or call (862) 210-8570 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced New Jersey Defense Attorney.
At The Bianchi Law Group, we will take care to provide you Serious Attorneys for Serious Cases.