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Legal Statutes: New Jersey

UPDATED February 3, 2016

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Chapter 13 Kidnapping and Related Offenses: Coercion

back to top2C:13-2. Criminal restraint

A person commits a crime of the third degree if he knowingly:

a. Restrains another unlawfully in circumstances exposing the other to risk of serious bodily injury; or

b. Holds another in a condition of involuntary servitude.

The creation by the actor of circumstances resulting in a belief by another that he must remain in a particular location shall for purposes of this section be deemed to be a holding in a condition of involuntary servitude.

In any prosecution under subsection b., it is an affirmative defense that the person held was a child less than 18 years old and the actor was a relative or legal guardian of such child and his sole purpose was to assume control of such child.
L.1978, c. 95, § 2C:13-2, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.