Holding someone against their will in a confined space is considered false imprisonment and it is a felony in Wisconsin. Such charges are often added to other charges, such as burglary and robbery or even domestic disputes. In many cases, however, the imprisonment charges are unwarranted, added onto the other charges by prosecutors who are trying to gain leverage.
Facing such charges is challenging, but not impossible. An experienced criminal defense attorney will try to get these charges dismissed or reduced to minimize fines and penalties. There are several defense strategies that may be employed.
False Imprisonment falls under Wisconsin Statute 940.30, which states:
"Whoever intentionally confines or restrains another without the person's consent and with knowledge that he or she has no lawful authority to do so is guilty of a Class H felony."
A Wisconsin Class H felony is punishable by up to 6 years in prison, maximum fines of $10,000, or both.
They are one of the most common classes of felony in the state.
Getting the charges against you reduced or dropped is the goal of your criminal defense attorney. Depending on the case against you, an experienced defense attorney may build a defense using any one of the following arguments.
If you are facing charges of false imprisonment, you do not want to do it alone; there is too much at stake. Arrange a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney from Eisenberg Law Offices of Madison to learn more about the charges against you and what defense options are available. We will work hard on your behalf to have the charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced to lesser, non-felony charges.
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