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False imprisonment, including any act of holding a person against their will, is a serious felony crime in Georgia. An associated crime is kidnapping (abduction) which is holding someone against their will and moving them to a different location. The key differentiating factor is that with false imprisonment, unlike kidnapping, the victim is not forcibly moved or relocated.
GA False Imprisonment Law - O.C.G.A. § 16-5-41
- (a) A person commits the offense of false imprisonment when, in violation of the personal liberty of another, he arrests, confines, or detains such person without legal authority.
- (b) A person convicted of the offense of false imprisonment shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years.
- (c) Any person convicted under this Code section wherein the victim is not the child of the defendant and the victim is less than 14 years of age shall, in addition, be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2.
If you have been charged with false imprisonment, or holding someone against their will, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our law firm can take prompt action to represent you with a vigorous defense against criminal charges. We invite you to call 770-956-1400 or contact us online and request a consultation.