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Extortion by Posing as a Kidnapper

July 20, 2016

When it comes to penal law, it’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in the letter of the law and miss the actual information underneath. This is because the actual language used is often pretty complicated, even confusing. With that said, it’s pretty easy to make sense of the law by breaking it down into easy to understand chunks and then describing it in a more succinct and understandable way. In this particular post we’re going to take a look at the charge of extortion by posing as a kidnapper, which is a violation of the penal code.

What is this charge?

The thing about the charge of Extortion by Posing as a Kidnapper is that even if you don’t participate in the kidnapping but pose as a kidnapper seeking ransom, you are still guilty of this charge. This charge basically involves posing as someone who has either kidnapped someone to gain a ransom or abetted someone else who’s kidnapped someone to do the same thing, or to pose as a person who can secure the release of someone who’s been kidnapped under circumstances like these.

What does this charge involve?

As we talked about before, you don’t actually have to have participated in the kidnapping to be charged with this crime. Along with this, if you do actually kidnap someone to extort a ransom, you’ll be facing a more serious charge under the penal code, an aggravated kidnapping charge that will prohibit you from kidnapping for some sort of ransom. Once you’re charged with this felony, you’ll be facing life in prison.

How can I defend myself from this charge?

One of the more common defenses is to claim that you were falsely accused, you were a victim of mistaken identity, or you had the belief that you’d be able to rescue this kidnapped person, and didn’t actually play a part in the kidnapping, even if you did potentially collect some money from doing this.

What’s the penalty for committing this crime?

This charge is actually considered to be a felony, and is punishable with between two to four years in state prison. This is considered to be one of the more serious of crimes, and so is not charged as a misdemeanor under any circumstances. As the punishment for particular crimes will vary depending on the crime that you’re looking at, it’s important to note which of the charges you’re dealing with.

To that end, you should know that there are ways for you to recover from a charge like this, and even to remove the charges you’ve been given or at least have them reduced. There are many mitigating factors, and each case is completely different, so it’s important that you get in touch with an actual legal professional before trying to take on any charges you might be facing. As this is a more serious charge as designated by the fact that it’s considered a felony pretty much across the board, you should definitely get the best counsel for the job, which you can do by reaching out to us over at We have years of experience and plenty of attorneys who can help you to understand what your options are and what you need to do to ensure that, once again, you can get your charges hopefully dropped, or at the very least reduced. And as you can see, now that the language has been broken down into easy to understand chunks, it’s so much clearer that you have options when it comes to this charge.



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