There are several forms of “kidnapping”:
- causing a person to be confined or imprisoned against their will
- causing a person to be unlawfully transported out of Canada against their will
- holding a person for ransom against their will.
The penalties for kidnapping are severe, with several circumstances where there are minimum jail sentences of 4 years or more, such as where a firearm is used, one is involved with a criminal organization or the victim is under 16 years of age. Life imprisonment is the maximum available penalty for any form of kidnapping.
Closely related to the offence of kidnapping is “unlawful confinement”, which does not require there to be an act of “taking” in addition to confinement. The maximum penalty for unlawful confinement is 10 years imprisonment.
Our criminal lawyers have the depth of experience to effectively help you defend against such an allegation.