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The United States has become quite strict regarding legislation for individuals who abduct children. The rationale behind this is that policy makers want the United States to be perceived as a place where families and children are safe. Due to parents who have previously suffered the perils of child abduction, there has been a system in place to alert authorities called the Amber Alert System. This has helped catch many child abductors before the child was harmed and/or disappeared for good. There have also been statutes enacted to protect against parents who are denied child custody during a divorce from kidnapping their children across state lines for a different custody decision. Regardless of what kind of child abduction charge an individual is potentially facing, being convicted of child abduction can cause a very long prison sentence. If you are being accused of child abduction, it is highly recommended that you work with one of our criminal law attorneys. By doing so, you will have a skilled advocate help you navigate the complicated details of your case.
What Constitutes Child Abduction/Child Stealing in the State of New York
Within the state of New York, an individual is guilty of kidnapping in the first degree when they abduct another person and possess the following: abduct the person for more than twelve hours with intent of injury. Within the framework, an individual can be guilty of additional crimes such as compelling a third person to pay or deliver money or property as any form of ransom, influence politics or to commit a felony with the fear that the abducted will be harmed. If the individual dies or is sexually assaulted while they are abducted, there are additional charges that can be brought with the abduction charge. Furthermore, if the victim is a child, there are additional charges that can be sought even if the abductor is the child’s other parent who does not possess legal custody.
Why Getting an Attorney Can Help Your Case
Child abduction charges are very severe in nature and have very little chance of defense if there is convincing evidence. Where an attorney can help your case is that they will be able perhaps diminish the duration of your sentence, which will be beneficial to you in the long term. The moment that you learn you are facing charges related to child abduction in the state of New York, it is highly recommended that you reach out to one of our attorneys at our criminal law firm for a consultation appointment. At this consultation appointment, you will be able to discuss important details of your case and our attorney will be able to assess whether your case is an ideal fit for our firm at this time. Thus, do not hesitate to contact our criminal law firm today. We would be elated to work with your as your legal counsel for your upcoming case involving child abduction. By choosing us, you can be sure that your case will be in competent hands.