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 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.
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 Criminal Trial Attorneys.
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 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. Only 250 of over 98,000 lawyers (less than 1%) are designated as certified criminal trial attorneys by the New Jersey Supreme Court. This should be a crucial 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 a 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 committed 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.
At The Bianchi Law Group, we will take care to provide you Serious Attorneys for Serious Cases.