Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples Kidnapping Lawyers
Kidnapping is a very serious charge in Florida. This act occurs whenever someone is forcefully, secretly or threateningly taken or imprisoned without their consent. Usually kidnappings are performed with the intent to perform harm to the victim or to extort money in exchange for their return. Because these accusations are so grave in nature, it is crucial to have a skilled Cape Coral criminal attorney to help defend you when you are facing these charges.
When you are found guilty of kidnapping, you may face life imprisonment. Your sentence will be especially strict if there were other crimes involved with the kidnapping, including murder, assault, sexual assault, or forced prostitution. If you do get out of prison, you will have a first-degree felony on your record that may make it difficult to find housing and employment and you will be banned from owning a firearm, holding public office and voting. You will generally also face massive fines and long probation periods. Don’t take your chances when you are faced with these accusations. Speak with a Cape Coral criminal lawyer as soon as you know you are under investigation for kidnapping.
Your Port Charlotte criminal lawyer will work to ensure your rights and freedoms are protected during the investigation process and the courtroom trial. If any of your rights were violated during the evidence collection process, The Law Offices of Michael Raheb will work to have that evidence suppressed or the charges against you dropped.
Sometimes the alleged abductor is actually a parent who has no custody rights. Many parents think the issue will be no more than a civil issue and are shocked when they find themselves facing criminal charges. In these situations, the trial can be very difficult and emotional for everyone involved. In these situations, your Cape Coral criminal attorney may work to have your charges reduced to interference with custody, a third degree felony. We may also argue the charges should be dropped altogether because the child insisted on being taken away, the child was in danger or the abduction prevented domestic violence.