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Hostage is the imprisonment or detention of a person as 'collateral' to get certain things done by that person or others or to ensure that agreements are kept. If you or someone close to you is suspected of being held hostage it is important to call in an expert lawyer. The lawyers at our firm have a great deal of experience in handling criminal cases, including hostage-taking cases. Please contact us for assistance and advice.


Hostage is punishable under Article 282a of the Penal Code. The legal text can be found below:


Article 282a
1. A person who intentionally deprives or abusively deprives a person of his liberty with the intent to compel another person to do something or not to do something shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding fifteen years or a fifth category fine.
2. If the offence results in death, he shall be punishable by life imprisonment or a temporary penalty not exceeding thirty years or a fifth category fine.
3. The fourth paragraph of Article 282 shall apply


Penalty for hostage-taking

Many people wonder what punishment a person can expect for hostage-taking, but that question can never be answered just like that. Punishment is tailor-made. In the case of a conviction, the judge looks at all kinds of factors, such as the circumstances under which the offence was committed, the person of the suspect, the maximum sentence and judgments in similar cases. The lawyers at our firm can make a realistic assessment of a possible penalty, even if it is ultimately up to the court to make the decision.


Our lawyers can assist you throughout the Netherlands. We litigate at the Courts of Alkmaar, Almelo, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen, Breda, Dordrecht, The Hague, Groningen, Haarlem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Leeuwarden, Lelystad, Maastricht, Middelburg, Roermond, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Zutphen and Zwolle, the Courts of Appeal in Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, 's-Hertogenbosch and Leeuwarden and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague.


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