Kidnapping Defence Lawyers in Calgary

Kidnapping Charge

“Kidnapping” is defined as moving a person from one place to another, and is an offence if it is done for any one of three reasons:

  1. To cause the person to be confined or imprisoned against their will
  2. To cause the person to be unlawfully transported or sent out of Canada against their will
  3. To hold the person for ransom or service against their will

Bail Conditions for Kidnapping Charge

The police, prosecutors, and courts all take kidnapping charges very seriously at the bail stage. If you have any prior criminal record for violent or property offences, the prosecution will almost certainly ask the Judge or Justice of the Peace to order that you stay in jail until your charges are dealt with. That could take months.

We will ensure that your best case for bail is made, and that the Judge is aware of all the factors in the case and your life that support your release. We will customize our argument to your unique circumstances with a thorough, careful and efficient consultation.

If you are released, you can expect to be ordered to follow any of the following conditions:

  • Do not possess any weapons
  • Do not contact or have any communication with any of the people you are charged with, or that you allegedly kidnapped
  • Obey a curfew
  • Do not drink alcohol or consume any illegal drugs

In addition to advocating for your release, we will ensure that the conditions are no more restrictive than what is absolutely necessary to ensure your good behaviour while your charges go through the legal system.

Defending Kidnapping Charge

This offence may involve eyewitness statements, surveillance videos, records of injuries to the alleged victim, and statements of people that are alleged to have committed the crime with you. We also obtain your version of the events, and apply our legal expertise and analysis to provide you with our legal opinion regarding the strength of the Crown’s case against you, the likelihood of success of all available defences, and your options regarding resolution.

Our analysis may focus on any of the following legal issues:

  • Can the alleged kidnapping victim prove that you were the offender beyond a reasonable doubt?
  • Did people you were with at the time commit the offence without your knowledge or consent?
  • Did you have an innocent reason for moving the person from one place to another?

The Sentence

Someone founds guilty of kidnapping faces the potential of life in prison.

In addition, there are minimum jail sentences that apply in certain circumstances:

  • 5 years, if restricted or prohibited weapon was used
  • 4 years, if any firearm was used
  • 5 years, if the person kidnapped was under 16 and you are not their guardian

In Canada, offenders are to receive no more punishment than is absolutely necessary, but it takes a skilled advocate to ensure that that actually happens. We provide a customised, persuasive, and honest argument to the Judge to ensure that any penalty you receive is no more than absolutely necessary.

Client Reviews

Michael Oykhman is a very professional lawyer and the first time I spoke to him he asked about my situation and he gave me some very helpful advice and assistance and also told me his odds of winning this case. During the days I was in contact with micheal I could feel the level of professionalism of him and his team, he is able to respond back to you with any questions you have within 24 hours. In the end he was as successful in helping me win my case as he had initially promised me.If you are still struggling to find a lawyer, I highly recommend Michael Oykhman.

R.W.

Please give yourself a favour and contact Mr. Michael Oykhman if you need any legal advice or if you are in a terrible situation. Even-tough, the odds are not in your favour, still they will go extra miles to help you out in bad situation and get you favourable outcome. Moreover, They will work on your file even after the business hours. I don’t have words to say thanks to Mr. Michael oykhman and Kiran Cheema who had worked on my file and get me out of trouble. I’m very grateful for your assistance and exceptional service. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Y.

I am grateful that Ms. Moira McAvoy was my lawyer, and I remain thankful to her for everything. She made a successful resolution to my case possible. Ms. Moira McAvoy is a professional, trustworthy lawyer, and a compassionate person. She is an excellent listener and knowledgeable of the law. From the start, she was an excellent guide. I did not know anything about the legal system and court, and she outlined everything clearly in advance, so I could understand things. She never rushed me through anything. She spoke clearly, explained everything, considered what I said, and provided options and advice. She kept me up to date on new information, requirements, and deadlines. She was always positive and this helped so much.

C.S.

Ryan Patmore and his team are simply the best. I was bullied by CPS in 2020 and it landed me with three separate charges, assault, refusal to blow and DUI, which all went down as I was parked at a friends. After some research and a conversation with Michael, he directed me towards Ryan and at the time I didn’t know that would be a game changer in my favour! He is honest, transparent, helpful and a brilliant mind. He successfully appealed my license suspension with ATSB and then proceeded to get the crown to dismiss all my charges before trial. I never had to step foot inside a courtroom. If you are in need of a criminal defence lawyer, don’t think twice, get in touch with this firm and ask for Ryan Patmore! The guy is an absolute saviour.

A.P.

Joseph Beller, from the very beginning when I first contacted and then retained Joseph as my representative I felt I was in good hands. When I emailed him with a question. I got a prompt response. We communicated often on the phone as needed. Joseph kept me informed as to the process. He made sure I knew all the potential results so I knew and could plan for the different outcomes. I know this his his job. But appreciate his professionalism and also his ability to not make me feel any extra stress. Well done.

N.B.
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