Kidnapping and Abduction are crimes. Serious stuff.
But this topic can also be relevant to custody cases.
We give you all the law including helpful tips and procedures. We deal with . . .
- The criminal law aspects
- The family law aspects
You need to know the criminal law as well as the law which will be relevant to you in the Family Court if children are involved.
The Criminal Law.
Everyone knows what kidnapping is generally. Everyone probably saw Mel Gibson in the movie "RANSOM". So you know what the usual type of kidnapping is all about.
If you're caught, you go straight to jail. You do not pass go. You do not collect $200.
The criminal law relating to kidnapping is set out in Sections of the Crimes Act 1961.
But we provide you with the full text of the three relevant Sections below.
However, if you want to scan the full, very lengthy Crimes Act, follow the link directly below.
We provide you with a direct link . . . .
Local & Private Acts
Section 208 of the Crimes Act 1961
Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years who takes away or detains any woman or girl, whether she is married or not, without her consent, or with her consent obtained by fraud or duress, with intent —
(a) To marry her or to have sexual intercourse with her; or
(b) To cause her to be married to or to have sexual intercourse with any other person.
209. Kidnapping —
(1) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years who
unlawfully carries off or detains any person without his consent, or with his consent obtained by fraud or duress, with intent —
(a) To cause him to be confined or imprisoned; or
(b) To cause him to be sent or taken out of New Zealand; or
(c) To hold him for ransom or to service.
(2) A child under the age of 16 years shall be deemed to be incapable
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