Kidnapping Offenses

Areas of Practice > Kidnapping Offenses

In Florida, Kidnapping is defined as the confinement, abduction, or imprisonment of another against his or her will.

The kidnapping must be “forcibly secretly, or by threat” and without legal authority to do so. Kidnapping is also often referred to as abduction. Kidnapping is most commonly associated with missing children. However, kidnapping may be done to any other person regardless of the age, sex or other circumstances.

Kidnapping is a felony of the first degree punishable by a sentence of imprisonment of up to 30 years. The court may also impose an additional fine of up to $10,000 for commission of the crime.

Aggravated kidnapping, including the kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, is punished more severely than non-aggravated kidnapping and is classified as a "life felony." Such felonies are subject to a sentence of life in prison and an additional fine of up to $15,000.

False Imprisonment is committed when a person deprives another of personal liberty or the freedom of movement for any length of time. False imprisonment is a third degree felony and is punishable by up to five (5) years in jail. Therefore, if you, or someone you know, is charged with a Kidnapping Offense, it is extremely important to get the help from experienced attorneys such as Anthony Bruno & Peter Schoenthal.

Kidnapping Offenses

  • Kidnapping
  • False Imprisonment

Accused of a Kidnapping Offense?

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