West palm beach, fl - Se habla espanol

Kidnapping and False Imprisonment


West Palm Beach Kidnapping and False Imprisonment Attorney David W. Olson

While both kidnapping and false imprisonment involve the unlawful restriction of movement of an adult or child, the two offenses are quite different. If you were charged with kidnapping or false imprisonment it is essential to hire an experienced and highly effective attorney, for these are complex offenses that are vigorously prosecuted by the State.

Attorney David Olson has represented thousands of clients during the last thirty-plus years. His practice areas include kidnapping, false imprisonment, murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking, DUI, reckless driving, sexual battery, lewd and lascivious assault, arson, fraud, resisting arrest with or without violence, violations of probation and all other felony and misdemeanor criminal matters. To schedule a free case review, call 561-833-8866.

Florida Kidnapping Statute

Kidnapping is proscribed in Sec. 787.01, Florida Statutes.

To prove the offense of kidnapping, the State must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the following three elements:

  1. Defendant either forcibly, secretly or by threat confined, abducted or imprisoned the victim against their will.
  2. The defendant had no lawful authority to do so.

Defendant acted with intent to:

  • Felony of the first degree
  • Life sentence, maximum
  • Fine up to $15,000
  • Other sanctions

Potential penalties for kidnapping:

  • Felony of the first degree
  • Life sentence, maximum
  • Fine up to $15,000
  • Other sanctions

Florida False Imprisonment Statute

False imprisonment is proscribed in Sec. 787.02, Florida Statutes.

To prove the crime of false Imprisonment, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. Defendant forcibly, secretly or by threat, confined, abducted, imprisoned or restrained the victim against their will.
  2. Defendant had no lawful authority to do so.

        Potential penalties for false imprisonment:

  • Hold victim for ransom or reward or as a shield or hostage, or
  • Commit or facilitate the commission of a felony
  • Inflict bodily harm upon or to terrorize the victim or another person, or
  • Interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.

Victims Under 13 Years of Age

In both kidnapping and false imprisonment, if the victim is a child under the age of 13 and the parent or legal guardian did not give consent, the confinement is against the will of the child. In these cases aggravating circumstances apply.

Life Felony for Certain Offenses

If the defendant is convicted of one or more of the following, a life felony will apply:

  • 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
  • Prostitution upon the child
  • Exploitation of the child or allowing the child to be exploited
  • A violation relating to human trafficking

West Palm Beach and South Florida Kidnapping and False Imprisonment Attorney David W. Olson

Attorney Olson represents clients in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County and throughout South Florida. For a complimentary case review, call The Law Offices of David W. Olson at 561-833-8866.


Sections 787.01, 787.02, Florida Statutes (2015)
Florida Standard Jury Instructions 9.1, 9.2

Free case review

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.


Better call Saul? More like, BETTER CALL OLSON!

“David W. Olson is the best lawyer I have come across. He truly will sit and listen to your story and no matter what he will fight for your rights. He is very compassionate, and understanding. He will work with you and does his job with a good heart. Mr. Olson truly has saved my life and gave me a second chance. You wont go wrong with hiring David Olson as your attorney. I highly recommend him and I am proud to have chosen him as my attorney.”


Found the Best!

“David Olson has represented me on two occasions. I have since referred two of my friends and my nephew to him, and they have all told me they’ll always be grateful for that. Mr. Olson somehow had the charges dropped in both of my cases (actually, I do know how, because he and his staff answered all my questions and explained in detail things that I never would have thought of).”


Compassionate Attorney

"My husband and I hired Mr. Olson to represent our son a Florida gun shot victim. We are New Jersey residents. From day one we felt comfortable with Mr. Olson and found him to be easy to talk to and a very good listener. This was important to us after our horrible experience with another attorney who was more concerned with hearing himself speak than our wishes."


Personable and Highly Intelligent!

“I saw David today to discuss some possible outcomes and possibilities of a probable future case. I did not know if I was going to be charged at all but I wanted to speak to someone to get a better idea of what I was looking at and what my options were. As soon as I shook his hand I felt very comfortable and respected. I laid it all out for him and asked him every last question I had, all of which were answered respectfully and intelligently.”


The Best of the Best

"I have known David Olson for over 20 yrs. now and have had my rough times in my past and unfortunately I ended up in trouble with the law and really needed help from a real lawyer. I needed someone to listen to my side of the story and really fight my cases in court for me and get the BEST results for my cases. A very close friend said the man for the job is David W Olson; So I contacted him & he came to me the very next day to hear me out and I knew he was the lawyer that would do the best for me and he did.”

Chet B.

Hearty Recommendation

"I hired Mr. Olson from recommendation by family member. He was immediately behind my situation and put me completely at ease. There were no false promises, very upfront as far as expectations and outcomes.

His assistant, Jessica was a joy to work with as well. They came to my house, interviewed witnesses, went above and beyond and always respond to my calls. I totally endorse this attorney."