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The Statute Governing False Imprisonment Charges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute governing false imprisonment charges in Pennsylvania. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. We will explain to you the false imprisonment related charges and elements of the crime.

False Imprisonment

18 Pa.C.S.A. § 2903. False imprisonment

(a) OFFENSE DEFINED.– A person commits an offense if he knowingly restrains another unlawfully so as to interfere substantially with his liberty.

(b) GRADING.–

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), an offense under subsection (a) is a misdemeanor of the second degree.

(2) If the victim of the offense is an individual under 18 years of age, an offense under subsection (a) is a felony of the second degree.

Grading and Punishment

The Statute Governing the Grading of False Imprisonment in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute governing the grading (felony, misdemeanor, or summary offense) for false imprisonment in Pennsylvania. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. We will explain to you the possible punishment and all your options.

Grading For False Imprisonment in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

(b) GRADING.–

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), an offense under subsection (a) is a misdemeanor of the second degree.

(2) If the victim of the offense is an individual under 18 years of age, an offense under subsection (a) is a felony of the second degree.

Our lawyers are eager to help you defend against the above charge for False Imprisonment in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland Counties! Call our Western Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation.

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