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Miami Kidnapping Offenders Face the Very Real Possibility of Life in Prison

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, an Amber Alert was issued for three-year old Lee Parish after his mother’s boyfriend left his mother at a gas station when she got out to pump gas into the vehicle. The young boy was sleeping in the back seat when William James Rogers drove off with him. When police finally tracked Rogers down, he told the officers that he dropped the boy off at a Fort Lauderdale home with an unidentified woman. The woman had just seen the Amber Alert for the boy when the police showed up to collect him. Rogers is currently being held for kidnapping, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, and child neglect.

Kidnapping is a very serious crime in all 50 states, and as such, it comes with its fair share of jail time, fines, and other repercussions. However, aggravated kidnapping is much more serious of a crime than simple kidnapping, and any person found guilty of aggravated kidnapping faces life in prison. If you have been charged with aggravated kidnapping in Miami, Florida, do not hesitate, and contact your local criminal defense team right away.

Miami Kidnapping Penalties

Under Florida Statute 787.01, kidnapping is defined as the forcible, secret, or by threat confining, abducting, or imprisoning of another person without his or her consent and/or without lawful authority. If the person abducted is under the age of 13, the rules of this statute apply if such confinement is done without the consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Under that same statute, subsection (2), any person who kidnaps another individual is guilty of a felony of the first degree, and as such, is subject to imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life. The offender is also subject to up to a $15,000 fine.

Under subsection (3)(a) of the same statute, any person who kidnaps a child under the age of 13 and who, in the process, commits one or more of the following:

  • Aggravated child abuse;
  • Sexual battery against the child;
  • Lewd or lascivious battery, lewd or lascivious molestation, lewd or lascivious conduct, or lewd or lascivious exhibition;
  • Exploitation of the child or allowing the child to be exploited; or
  • A violation related to prostitution or human trafficking

is guilty of a life felony, and is subject to a term of imprisonment for life OR a split sentence that is a term of at least 25 years’ imprisonment, followed by probation or community control for the remainder of the person’s natural life. The offender is also subject to a $15,000 fine.

Your Defense to Charges of Kidnapping in Miami

If you face charges of aggravated kidnapping in Miami, your future may be in the hands of an experienced and aggressive Miami kidnapping defense lawyer. At The Baez Law Firm, we aggressively advocate on behalf of our clients who feel that kidnapping charges were wrongfully brought against them.

Contact a Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Right Away

If you face charges of aggravated kidnapping in Miami, Florida, do not hesitate, and contact our Miami criminal defense law firm right away, as your future lies in the outcome of this case. To schedule your free consultation today, call The Baez Law Firm at 800-588-BAEZ now.


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