Minnesota False Imprisonment Attorney
One may be prosecuted for False Imprisonment if they confined or restrained another person and did not have legal authority and/or the person’s consent to do so. If the victim is under 18 years old and someone else’s child, it is the consent of the child’s parent or legal custodian that the law looks to. This is a felony crime that calls for up to three years of incarceration and a $5000.00 fine.
If you are a parent, legal guardian or caretaker and you unreasonably restrain or confine someone under 18 by employing things like tying, locking up, caging etc. it is not a felony, but a gross misdemeanor. False Imprisonment charges in this category carry up to one year of incarceration and a $3000.00 fine. However, if such conduct results in substantial bodily harm, it is then a felony. Five years and $10,000.00. may be the sentence in that case.
A prosecution for False Imprisonment is a serious matter which could result in a lot of horrible things, including a "No Contact Order" with your own child for many years even long after jail or prison time has been served. Attorneys at Halberg Criminal Defense have obtained significant victories in these types of charges --- even dismissals prior to trial. If you believe you may be the subject of a False Imprisonment investigation, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your situation. We always have an attorney on-call.