Learn about the crime of kidnapping, as distinct from false imprisonment.
This lesson will discuss the felony offense of kidnapping. Kidnapping is an offense that has significantly evolved since its common-law origins. The various jurisdictions in the United States define kidnapping in different ways. A substantial minority have adopted the Model Penal Code’s definition of kidnapping, but others have adopted different statutory definitions. Some jurisdictions also refer to the offense by different names, such as abduction. For purposes of...