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Kidnap & False Imprisonment Lawyers

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Cartwright King’s Criminal Defence Lawyers will advise and assist you if you’re faced with accusations of kidnap & false imprisonment. Our specialist team of Kidnap and False Imprisonment Lawyers will analyse in detail every piece of evidence against you to ensure that everything possible is done to defend you.

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Proven Kidnap & False Imprisonment Counsel

Kidnap, and false imprisonment charges carry lengthy sentences. This means that you need a solicitor who understands the latest kidnap and false imprisonment laws, knows how to scrutinise the evidence against you and knows what it takes to clear you of any wrongdoing.

Cartwright King has years of experience in Criminal Defence dealing with cases like this. 70% of our cases involve defending against criminal charges, such as kidnap and false imprisonment cases. Our specialist lawyers are here to help you.

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Unique Advocacy Services

Cartwright King’s unique advocacy services mean that our Kidnap and False Imprisonment Solicitors can represent you from the police station through to the Crown Court.

This gives you reliable, consistent legal representation from lawyers who fully understand your situation and can provide you with the best possible defence. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to represent you at a moments notice anywhere across the UK.

Free Police Station Advice

If you have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and false imprisonment, you are entitled to free legal advice at the police station. Cartwright King’s team of Criminal Defence Solicitors are available day and night to protect your interests.

You can tell the police officer that you want Cartwright King to represent you, and the police will ensure that we are contacted. In cases like this, it’s crucial that you consult with a professional when faced with kidnap or false imprisonment allegations, so that they can advise you what to do and present you your options.

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If you find yourself arrested and taken to a police station, remember you have the right to free and independent legal advice.

Instructing Cartwright King means you’re choosing the leading provider of Legal Aid for criminal defence services. Any representation and advice we provide you at the police station is completely of charge.

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Frequently asked questions.

What is Kidnapping and False Imprisonment?

To put it simply, kidnapping is the act of taking away another person (the victim) without their consent, either by force or by fraud, when there is no legal excuse for doing so. It is usually done for certain purposes, which may include receiving a ransom or a reward, interfering with a political or governmental function or terrorising or injuring the victim.

False imprisonment, on the other hand, is the act of unlawfully and intentionally restraining one’s freedom of movement from one location. Some general examples of false imprisonment include:

  • a person keeping another one locked in a room without their consent
  • a person grabbing another person without consent and holding them so that they cannot move or leave
  • a store owner or a security guard detaining a person for an unreasonable time period because of their appearance
  • an employer detaining someone for an unreasonable time period for questioning purposes in case of suspected theft
  • personnel of a nursing home that medicates a patient without their consent, under emotional or physical threat

Here are some examples that might seem like false imprisonment but are actually not:

  • someone grabbing your arm, but you have no fear of retaliation because you can free yourself from their grip
  • someone closing the front door with you inside and asking you not to leave, but not closing the open side door

What's the Difference Between Kidnapping and False Imprisonment?

Although some people tend to use those two terms interchangeably, mainly because both of them relate to the act of taking one’s freedom without their consent, these are two separate crimes. Here are some examples that can help in understanding the difference between these two offences.

A person is walking down the street. Suddenly, someone runs behind them, grabs them, and throws them in a van parked a few meters away. That’s kidnapping.

Another example. A husband and a wife had an argument. The husband is agitated, and locks the wife in one of the rooms, with no chance to escape. That’s false imprisonment.

Sometimes, one of those offences leads to another. Let’s go back to the first example. If the kidnapper brings the victim to an abandoned building and ties them to a chair, restraining their movement and chances of escape, then not only are they guilty of kidnapping, but also false imprisonment.

What Is Child Abduction?

Generally speaking, child abduction is a term used to describe the act of unauthorised removal of a child (a person under the age of legal adulthood, in the UK it’s 18) from the custody of their parents or legal guardians.

This offence may be applied in few instances, such as:

  • when the victim of kidnapping or false imprisonment is under the age of 16 – for example, when some person not connected to the child at all takes it from school without parents’ knowledge
  • when someone connected to the child, for example a parent or a legal guardian, takes them out of the UK without permission from every person with parental responsibility for the child (such as the child other parent or legal guardian)

What is the Sentence for False Imprisonment and Kidnapping in the UK?

Both kidnapping and false imprisonment are offences with a maximum sentence of life in prison that are dealt with in Crown Court. If you are found guilty of committing either false imprisonment or kidnapping in the UK, you can face a prison sentence of anywhere between 12 months and 12 years.

However, the length of the sentence will depend on a range of factors, such as:

  • the degree of planning the offence involved
  • whether violence or restraint were used
  • how vulnerable the victim was
  • whether weapons were used
  • how many offenders participated
  • whether any other offences were committed as well

When it comes to child abduction, the case can be dealt with either in the Crown Court or Magistrates’ Court. In the first case, the maximum sentence on conviction is imprisonment for seven years. In the second, the maximum sentence is 6 months of imprisonment.

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