What is Kidnapping and Unlawful Confinement?

It is a criminal code offence to kidnap (take)  someone with an intention to confine that person against their will; to transport that person unlawfully outside of Canada against their will; or to hold that person for ransom.

The difference between kidnapping and unlawful confinement is a subtle distinction. Unlawful confinement requires depriving a person’s liberty so they cannot move from one point to another. Kidnapping involves taking control of a person and carrying them away from one point to another.  In other words, it is possible to be found guilty of unlawful confinement, but not kidnapping.

How much jail time am I facing?

The sentencing regime for kidnapping and unlawful confinement is complex and depends on a number of factors, including whether a firearm was used or a prohibited weapon, and whether this is your first or subsequent offence. The maximum term of imprisonment is life in jail.  As experienced defence counsel I can help you better understand just how much jail you might be facing if convicted.

What to do if you’re charged with Kidnapping / Unlawful Confinement

I am here to help you through the process of being charged with kidnapping or unlawful confinement.  My job is to make the process easier for you - to review your case in relation to the charge(s) you are facing - address the court when, and as necessary – deal with the Crown Attorney for your matter – and give you the best defence at trial, or plea resolution possible.  Make sure you have a lawyer that understands the law and is prepared to act for you.

You may qualify for Legal Aid:  See Legal Aid Ontario Information.

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