Dallas Unlawful Restraint Attorney

In Texas, if it’s alleged that you’ve intentionally or knowingly restrained another person against his or her will, you can be charged with the criminal offense of unlawful restraint.  Unlike kidnapping, which requires you to abduct or take someone away to another location, unlawful restraint simply requires you to somehow restrain the other person.  Ordinarily, unlawful restraint is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in the county jail, and up to a $4000 fine.  If the person alleged to have been restrained was under 17, the charge is a state jail felony, and carries a penalty range of up to 180 days in the state jail, and up to a $10,000 fine.  However, it’s a third degree felony if the person allegedly restrained is exposed to a substantial risk of serious bodily injury, is a public servant performing his or her duties as such (or in retaliation for having performed those duties), or if you’re in custody at the time you allegedly restrained someone else.