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:

  1. Hold him for ransom or reward; or
  2. Use him as a shield or hostage; or
  3. Accomplish or aid the commission of any felony or flight therefrom; or
  4. Inflict physical injury upon him, or to violate or abuse him sexually; or
  5. Terrorize him or a third person; or
  6. Interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.