Kidnapping includes the confinement, abduction, or imprisonment of another
person against his or her will. The kidnapping must have been committed
forcibly, secretly, or by threat and without lawful authority. Likewise,
the person accused of the crime must also have the intent to hold the
kidnapped person for ransom or reward, as a shield/ hostage, commit or
facilitate the commission of a felony, inflict bodily harm upon or terrorize
the victim or another person, or interfere with the performance of any
governmental or political function.
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The Florida Supreme Court uses a three-prong test to determine whether
the movement or confinement of an individual during the commission of
another felony is enough to justify a kidnapping conviction. To constitute
kidnapping, the necessary movement or confinement occurring within the
context of the other felony must not be slight/ inconsequential, must
not be of the kind inherent in the nature of the crime, and must have
some significance independent of the other crime in that it makes the
other crime substantially easier to commit or lessens the risk of detection.
The sentence for kidnapping depends much on the circumstances. In general,
it is a first-degree felony that can lead to imprisonment for up to 30
years. The court can also impose an additional fine of up to $10,000 for
the crime. If the charge is aggravated kidnapping, including kidnapping
a child under the age of thirteen, the sentence could be a life felony.
Alternatively, the accused could face a split sentence of twenty-five
years in state prison followed by probation or community control for the
rest of the person’s life. Additionally, a $15,000 fine might be imposed.
Any previous offenders who have been convicted of a violent felony can
face even harsher convictions, such as life in prison with no eligibility
for release for 15 years.
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