What Is Kidnapping?
Under Florida law, when a person forcefully takes another person in custody, holds the person secretly without his/her will for ransom, or uses a person as a shield, it is considered kidnapping. The crime of kidnapping is treated seriously in Florida, because it often involves threats or abuse. Kidnapping a child or terrorizing a person by using harsh words and language are also factors that can increase penalties.
How kidnapping is punished under the law depends on the seriousness of the crime. A judge can impose a minimum of 4 years in prison, or a minimum of $10,000 in fines. In severe cases, judges can sentence the defendant to life in prison, or extended probation. There is no way to determine what the consequences will be before the court orders, however in most cases, a seasoned criminal defense attorney can help eliminate or lessen the penalties you could incur.
What Is the Next Step?
Any kidnapping case requires a highly professional and experienced attorney. If you are convicted in a kidnapping case, you will not only face prison, probation, and/or fines, you will also have to face the destruction of your reputation and other social repercussions. I can help you build a strong defense that will advocate for your rights and protect your reputation. I will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible results in your case, so you can move on to the next chapter of your life.
For a consultation to discuss the charges against you, contact me today at 1-305-433-0497.