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False Imprisonment

Similar to kidnapping in Florida, false imprisonment is considered a violent offense. Many false imprisonment cases arise out of domestic violence incidents. During these conflicts, partners may exhibit excessive force against another individual in a manner constituting false imprisonment. An act as simple as grabbing another person’s arm to prevent the person from leaving the room could result in an individual being charged with false imprisonment.

If you were involved in a domestic dispute that took a turn for the worst and are now facing false imprisonment charges, now is the time to act. A criminal defense attorney can work with you to develop a legal strategy best fitted to your circumstances.


Lawyer for False Imprisonment in Gainesville, Florida

Operating out of Gainesville, Florida, minutes from Roper Park and the University of Florida, the attorneys at  Galigani Law Firm represent clients in Gainesville, FL, and throughout Alachua County, FL. The firm also represents clients in the adjoining counties of Marion County, Bronson County, Bradford County, Union County, and High Springs County. At your free consultation, you can discuss your case with an experienced defense lawyer and learn more about your best defenses to the charge.

If you have been arrested for false imprisonment, then call the attorneys at Galigani Law Firm today or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation. Call (352) 375-0812 today.


False Imprisonment Defined under Florida Law

According to Florida Statute §787.02, false imprisonment is defined as unlawfully confining, restraining, or imprisoning another individual, through threat of force, without the victim’s consent.

If a prosecutor can prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt, a defendant may be found guilty of a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of five (5) years imprisonment and/or up to $5,000 in fines.


Heightened Penalties for False Imprisonment of a Child

Under certain circumstances, false imprisonment may lead to enhanced penalties. One example of this occurs in cases involving false imprisonment of a child under age thirteen (13). Under §787.02(3)(a), Florida enforces enhanced penalties when the aforementioned act is committed along with any of the following offenses:

  1. Lewd or lascivious acts (conduct, battery, molestation, or exhibition);
  2. Aggravated child abuse;
  3. Prostitution upon a child; or
  4. Sexual battery.

A conviction of this type of offense carries the punishment of a first-degree felony punishable by a life sentence in prison.


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Additional Resources

Problems in Kidnapping and False Imprisonment Cases - Visit the website of the Florida Bar to find more information on Florida’s false imprisonment and kidnapping statutes. The Florida bar provides scholarly articles on Florida laws and related penalties. Also, find more on double offense problems with broadly worded statutes.

Section 787.02 for False Imprisonment Penalties in Florida - Visit the website of the Florida Legislature to find more information on Florida’s false imprisonment statute. The Florida Legislature provides full statutes for Florida’s penal code. Also, find information on penalties and factors which can enhance these penalties.


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Find an Attorney for False Imprisonment Charges in Gainesville, FL

In the event that you or a loved one has been charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping, or another related offense in Gainesville or Alachua County, FL, act quickly to seek out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can work efficiently and effectively to develop the best defense.

The attorneys at Galigani Law Firm represent clients charged with false imprisonment or kidnapping in Gainesville and Alachua County, FL. Call Galigani Law Firm today at (352) 375-0812 to discuss your charges.

This page was last updated on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.