Unlawful imprisonment, often called false imprisonment, is a crime in the state of New York that can be either a misdemeanor or felony charge. While these charges might not be as serious as other possible criminal charges, they are definitely worthy of a proper defense. Any criminal conviction on your record will have a major impact on your whole life, regardless of whether time is served or not. Contact defense attorney David Galison today to begin working on your case.
There are two degrees of unlawful imprisonment provided for under the laws of the state of New York. They are as follows -
Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree
The definition of this law is very simple – and individual is guilty of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree when he or she restrains another person. This charge is a class A misdemeanor, and can be punished with up to a year in prison, among other penalties.
Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree
First degree charges are obviously more serious, and require for the accused individual to have restrained a person under circumstances that expose the victim to the risk of serious physical injury. This charge is a class E felony, and carries with it that possibility of anywhere between no time in jail to between 12-20 months. Previous criminal record will play a role in the sentencing determination.
If you are currently facing charges of unlawful imprisonment, or expect that you might be soon, call our office at 516-242-4477 right away. We will provide you with a free consultation and help you determine the proper course of action to get started on your defense.