If you have been charged with kidnapping in Florida, then you may have a defense. Incidental confinement is a defense that is oftentimes successful when fighting a kidnapping case. Even if you don’t think you have a defense, you should always speak to an attorney to make sure you have a full understanding of how the law applies specifically to your case. If you want to know more about incidental confinement or how to beat your kidnapping case in Florida, then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.
In Florida, kidnapping is defined under Florida Statute 787.01. A person commits kidnapping when they forcibly, secretly, or by threat confine, abduct, or imprison another person against their will, without lawful authority, with the intent to hold for ransom, use as a shield or hostage, commit a felony offense, physically injure the victim, or interfere with any governmental function.
Kidnapping is a first-degree felony, meaning it is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, or up 30 years of probation and up to $10,000 in fines (you can also get a jail or prison sentence followed by probation, but the total length of the punishment cannot exceed 30 years). In addition to facing prison time, if you are adjudicated guilty of kidnapping you will lose constitutional rights and you’ll have to deal with many other collateral consequences.
Criminal convictions, especially convictions for kidnapping related charges, carry severe consequences and can never be removed from your criminal record. If you are convicted of a felony you will lose your right to vote, your right to own firearms, and your ability to maintain certain business licenses. You can also lose your ability to receive financial aid, your ability to live in certain places and your ability to obtain a passport.
If you need an attorney who will advise you, fight for your rights, and do everything possible to protect your future, or if someone you know has been charged with kidnapping in Florida, then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.