Imagine being detained against your will? Sounds traumatic, doesn’t it? In the majority of unlawful detentions, the victim received threats while detained. Being held against your will can have lasting physical and psychological effects.
Kidnapping and false imprisonment are two elements of constraint that are identical except for their question of intent. Restraint includes any act depriving someone of freedom of movement for any length of time.
False imprisonment is defined as “forcibly, by threat, or secretly confining, abducting, imprisoning or restraining another person without lawful authority and against his will.
Kidnapping is defined as forcibly, secretly, or by threat confining, abducting, or imprisoning another with intent to 1. hold for ransom or reward or as a shield or hostage[;] 2. commit or facilitate commission of any felony[;] 3. inflict bodily harm upon or to terrorize the victim or another person[; or] 4. interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.
False imprisonment is both a felony and a tort. A tort is a wrongful act or an infringement or a right leading to civil legal liability. Physical force is not mandatory for an offense of false imprisonment to be constituted. However, false imprisonment often involved physical force.
Ronald Chapman is an experienced defense attorney who believes those who infringe on the personal liberty of others deserve to be accountable to the fullest extent of the law. If you have been accused of unlawfully imprisoning someone, Ronald Chapman can help.
Ronald Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people accused of committing various types of crimes. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, Ronald Chapman can help.
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