Police officers and other law enforcement officials are allowed by law to detain individuals who are suspected of a crime, and are given such rights as long as they have “reasonable cause” to suspect the person may be guilty of illegal activity. Ordinary individuals who are not deputized officers may detain other people only under certain circumstances, or else they may face criminal charges of unlawful imprisonment.
Individuals may not be detained against their will, and persons attempting to prevent others from leaving of their own accord may be charged with a crime if they attempt to do so. Criminal charges like unlawful imprisonment can carry jail sentences, heavy fines, and probation if the person is found guilty. If you or someone you love is facing unlawful imprisonment charges, contact the Milwaukee criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.
Persons may be charged with unlawful imprisonment if they:
- Physically prevent a person from leaving their property
- Lock others in confined spaces
- Prevent another person from leaving through trickery
- Coerce another person to stay against their will
- Force an individual to stay by using physical means of restraint
Individuals may occasionally detain others if they are assisting law enforcement efforts. In some cases, shopkeepers may hold an individual suspected of shoplifting. For the most part, however, it is usually against the law to restrict another person’s freedom and the act may carry criminal charges.
If you or someone you love has been charged with unlawful imprisonment of another person, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your defense and secure the representation you deserve.