(N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2b) model jury charge
The defendant ____________________, is charged with the crime of criminal restraint, in that he/she allegedly ____________________ (Read Indictment).
He/She is accused of violation of our law, particularly 2C:13-2b. That section reads in pertinent part as follows:
A person is guilty of the crime of criminal restraint if he knowingly holds another in a condition of involuntary servitude.
In order for you to find the defendant ____________________, guilty of this offense, the State must prove the essential elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt; they are:
1. That the defendant, ____________________ knowingly held ____________________.
2. That the holding of ____________________, was in a condition of involuntary servitude.
A person acts knowingly with respect to the nature of his/her conduct or the attendant is of that nature, or that such circumstances exist, or the person is aware of a high probability of their existence. A person acts knowingly with respect to a result of his/her conduct if he/she is aware that it is practically certain that his/her conduct will cause such a result. "Knowing," "with knowledge" or equivalent terms have the same meaning.
I have used the term involuntary servitude. Involuntary servitude is a condition of one who is compelled by force, coercion, or imprisonment, and against his/her will, to labor for another. The question of whether he/she is paid or not may be a factor.
The creation by defendant ____________________, of circumstances resulting in a belief by ____________________, that he/she must remain in a particular location, means holding in a condition of involuntary servitude.
If after consideration of all of the evidence you are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant ____________________ knowingly held ____________________, and that said holding of ____________________, was in a condition of involuntary servitude, then your verdict should be guilty.
If after a consideration of all of the evidence you find that the state has failed to prove any element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt, then your verdict must be not guilty.