What is kidnapping in Florida?

The crime of Kidnapping is a First Degree Felony in Florida which is punishable by imprisonment of a number of years not exceeding life, and a fine of up to $10,000.

This offense occurs when a person:

Abducts or imprisons another against their will and with intent to hold for ransom or reward, commit any felony, terrorize the victim, or interfere with government performance.

Defenses to Kidnapping

  • Merely Incidental Confinement
    • Kidnapping cannot be “merely incidental to other felonies.”  An example is if a sexual assault takes place in a home, moving a victim from one room to another is not kidnapping.  However, moving a victim to another house may be.  
  • Slight or Inconsequential Confinement 
    • If someone is in an unlocked room and is not threatened, the situation may not rise to kidnapping. 


Faison v. State, 426 So. 2d 963 (Fla. 1983)

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