Criminal charges relating to false imprisonment will typically be charged in conjunction with domestic violence, especially as it relates to child abuse. According to §787.02 of the Florida Statutes, it is considered to be a criminal offense to forcibly keep someone against their will – no matter whether they are confining or restraining the person. Should a person be found guilty of this offense, they will be criminally charged with a third-degree felony and will find themselves facing penalties that are as severe as such. For this reason, it is highly encouraged that you do not hesitate to get the involvement of a Orlando criminal defense attorney from Katz & Phillips to help you defend your legal rights.
False imprisonment can often be charged in associated with aggravated child abuse per §827.03. It is a severe criminal charge, however, it does not mean that it is a hopeless situation. At our firm, we know that there are defenses that can be utilized on your behalf and we are prepared to look into every aspect of your case to determine the best course of action. For example, one of the largest sources of defense is that the allegations are false.
Unfortunately, domestic violence allegations can unfortunately be false. Perhaps an ex-spouse is attempting to gain the upper hand in a family law case or perhaps they are simply angry – regardless, should they proceed to make a false allegation, you can trust that we will do everything that we can to combat the charges and to help you protect your legal rights as surely as possible.
Another common defense that can be utilized in cases such as this is that you were not imprisoning the child, but rather were disciplining them. As a parent, you have the right to discipline your child – you have the ability and the right to do such things as putting them in a “time out.” Just because they were being detained in their room does not mean you are guilty of a criminal offense.
When dealing with charges relating to domestic violence, it is important that you remember what exactly is on the line. These are some of the most harshly stigmatized criminal offenses and will care penalties that match. To ensure that you are being given the best possible chance of defending your legal rights, it is highly encouraged that you get our involvement as soon as possible. Over the years, we have proven that we can be trusted with criminal cases of all kinds – you can be confident knowing that should you choose to work with our firm that we will go the distance in our efforts to defend you.
Do not hesitate to contact an Orlando domestic abuse attorney from our firm if you have been criminally charged with false imprisonment.