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Kidnapping / False Imprisonment

People generally have the freedom to go where they want when they want, which is why it is a crime if a person restrains or confines another individual against his or her will. Depending on the specific circumstances of the alleged criminal offense, these types of actions can result in either false imprisonment or kidnapping charges.

These types of crimes are commonly associated with family disputes and domestic violence situations. Both charges have extremely serious consequences, including possibly being sentenced to life in prison.

Tallahassee Kidnapping Lawyer

Have you been charged with some form of illegally detaining another person in Northern Florida? You will want to make sure that you have an experienced Tallahassee false imprisonment attorney that will fight to protect your rights and your future.

Pumphrey Law aggressively defends people throughout Leon County and many surrounding areas such as Calhoun County, Gulf County, Holmes County, Okaloosa County, and Walton County. Our firm will provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation as soon as you call (850) 681-7777.


Leon County Kidnapping / False Imprisonment Overview


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Florida Charges for Kidnapping / False Imprisonment

While some people use false imprisonment and kidnapping interchangeably, these are different criminal charges. The definitions and penalties as provided under Chapter 787 of the Florida Statutes are as follows:

It is important that these both may be considered aggravated offenses if the victim involved in either crime was a child under the age of 13 and the alleged offender, in the course of committing the offense, also committed one or more of the following:

Aggravated kidnapping is a life felony and aggravated false imprisonment is a first-degree felony, and both are punishable by up to life in prison.


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Leon County Offenses Related to Kidnapping / False Imprisonment

There are other crimes listed in Chapter 787 of the Florida Statutes that can be related to false imprisonment or kidnapping charges:


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Kidnapping / False Imprisonment Defenses in Florida

Depending on the specifics involved in these cases, there may be affirmative defenses that justify or excuse an alleged offender’s actions. In other cases, there may be weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that can be attacked. Some examples of both include, but are not limited to:


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Find a False Imprisonment Lawyer in Tallahassee

If you have been accused of confining another person against his or her will, you should not delay in reaching out to get the help of a knowledgeable Tallahassee kidnapping attorney. Pumphrey Law represents clients in several Northern Florida locations, including Blountstown, Bonifay, Crestview, De Funiak Springs, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, Mary Esther, Niceville, Port St. Joe, and Wewahitchka.

The Pumphrey Law is committed to getting the most favorable outcome to these types of cases, and they will fight to have criminal charges either reduced or totally dismissed. Call (850) 681-7777 right now to set up a free legal consultation that will allow our firm to review your case and answer all of your questions.

Article last updated August 5, 2016.

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