Dallas Unlawful Restraint Lawyer

You can be charged with unlawful restraint, if it’s alleged that you intentionally or knowingly restrained another person against his will.  Unlawful restraint can be distinguished from kidnapping.  Kidnapping requires that you take someone to another location.  Unlawful restraint merely requires that you restrain another person’s movement.  Unlawful restraint is a class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty range of no more than 1 year in the county jail, and a fine not to exceed $4000.  However, if the alleged victim of the unlawful restraint was under the age of seventeen, the charge of unlawful restraint is enhanced to a state jail felony, which is punishable by 180 days to 2 years in the state jail, and a fine of up to $10,000. Additionally, unlawful restraint becomes a third degree felony, if the alleged victim of the unlawful restraint is a public servant during the performance of his duties, if the person alleged to be unlawfully restrained is exposed to a substantial risk of serious bodily injury, or if the person charged with unlawful restraint is in custody at the time of the alleged offense.