Kidnapping is a serious offense that could result in extensive penalties. Typically, kidnapping is either a first degree felony, punishable by life in prison, or a life felony. The extent of the consequences you face will depend upon the age of the victim and the alleged intent of the kidnapping. If you are facing charges, do not wait a moment longer to obtain a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney who will fight vigorously to defend your case.
At the Law Offices of Richard Tendler, my team offers dedicated and proven representation to our clients in the face of crippling criminal charges. Your future is on the line in the midst of kidnapping accusations, which is why we strongly urge you to get in touch with our offices. We are prepared to offer immediate assistance for your case.
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Kidnapping can be considered confining, abducting, or imprisoning a person against their will with the intent to hold them for ransom or as a hostage, to commit a felony crime, to inflict bodily harm, or to interfere with the performance of a governmental function. A person may also be charged with the crime of false imprisonment, which involves confining, abducting, or imprisoning a person against their will, either forcibly, secretly, or by threat. The difference between kidnapping and false imprisonment is that with false imprisonment, the government does not have to prove the intentions of the person committing the crime.
The penalties for these crimes include:
If a firearm is used during the course of the kidnapping, Florida's 10/20/Life statute would apply. That means that a minimum sentence of 10 years to life would be enforced, depending on whether or not the gun was fired or if a person was seriously injured.
Kidnapping is one of the most serious offenses a person may be charged with in the state of Florida and it is imperative that a defendant is properly represented by a qualified and experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of Richard Tendler, we can review and evaluate your case to determine your best course of action.
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