Murrieta and Temecula False Imprisonment Lawyer
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In California, Penal Code 236 defines false imprisonment as the wrongful restraining, confining, or detaining of a person without their consent. If you were arrested for falsely imprisoning someone in the Murrieta or Temecula area, don't wait to obtain a qualified legal team who can fight for your freedom.
If you simply restrain or limit someone else's movement or force someone to go somewhere against their wishes, you could be charged with false imprisonment. Even grabbing another's arm in order to force them to remain in a location can constitute false imprisonment. The Law Office of Nicolai Cocis & Associates can work hard to protect you from these types of charges.
Effective Defense Strategies
It can be hard for the prosecution to prove that consent was withdrawn at a certain point, especially when the people involved began with a consensual act.
- Defenses against a false imprisonment conviction include:
- Establishing the moment the alleged victim has a change of heart and withdraws consent
- You were under physical duress by a third party to restrain someone
- You were restraining someone to protect yourself or a third party
- Parents that have the right to confine or detain their children in their room
- Lack of evidence for conviction due to bias on the part of a former spouse or partner
What are the penalties for false imprisonment?
Depending on the facts of the case, false imprisonment may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Prosecutors can argue for a felony conviction if violence was used in restraining the alleged victim. Violence in this case doesn't necessarily involve physical injury.
Misdemeanor false imprisonment carries a prison sentence of no more than a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. Felony charges are punishable by up to 3 years in prison with fines that can reach up to $10,000.
Retain a Skilled Murrieta Attorney
Since 1999, the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis & Associates has fought on behalf of clients to have charges reduced or dropped. We represent individuals with skill and professionalism, never backing down from a tough fight.
Our law office is located in Murrieta and we have helped individuals from the Riverside County cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Perris, Corona and Riverside.
Call The Law Office of Nicolai Cocis & Associates for a free consultation today!