False imprisonment can lead to a lengthy time in prison, even if the victim did not sustain any injuries. False imprisonment charges carry various penalties and punishments depending on the circumstances. Read the following information below to learn more about false imprisonment, its penalties and its defenses. 

WHAT IS FALSE IMPRISONMENT?

NRS 200.460 defines false imprisonment as “an unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another, and consists in confinement or detention without sufficient legal authority.” In other words, false imprisonment simply means depriving someone of their freedom through the use of confinement. This can be done in a house, in a vehicle or in any other place.

PENALTIES OF A FALSE IMPRISONMENT CONVICTION IN LAS VEGAS:

The penalties and punishments for a false imprisonment conviction vary depending on the circumstances of the situation.

  • If you are convicted of false imprisonment without use of a deadly weapon, you are guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

  • If you are convicted of false imprisonment with use of a deadly weapon, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished of a minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of 15 years in a state prison.

  • If you are convicted of false imprisonment by using the victim as a human shield or to avoid arrest, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished a minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of 15 years in a state prison.

  • If the false imprisonment was made by a prisoner who is in lawful custody, then the person convicted is guilty of a category B felony and will be punished of a minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of 20 years in a state prison.

DEFENSES TO FALSE IMPRISONMENT CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS:

  • Consent: If the alleged victim agreed to be confined, then you did not commit false imprisonment.

  • Parental rights: Parents have the legal authority to confine their children within certain premises, for the purpose of “grounding” for example. The confinement is legal as long as the child does not sustain any undue suffering due to the confinement.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with false imprisonment, it is essential that you contact an experienced Las Vegas Criminal Defense attorney who can help get you the representation you deserve. Contact Adrian Lobo today at (702) 290-8998 to schedule a consultation.