Ransom Law and Legal Definition
Ransom is money demanded by a kidnapper in exchange for the release of the person abducted. Ransom money can also be demanded to return a valuable object.
Kidnapping is generally defined as the abduction of another person with intent to:
- Hold him for ransom or reward; or
- Use him as a shield or hostage; or
- Accomplish or aid the commission of any felony or flight therefrom; or
- Inflict physical injury upon him, or to violate or abuse him sexually; or
- Terrorize him or a third person; or
- Interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.