Unlawful Restraint

In our country, individuals are born with the right to live freely. When an individual is illegally confined against his or her will, it can have a long-lasting and traumatizing effect on them. Therefore, the laws regarding unlawful restraint are strict and the punishments can be steep. If you have been accused of unlawfully restraining someone, it is vital that you contact a knowledgeable violent crimes defense attorney, who may be able to prove that the claims against you have been exaggerated or completely made up.

Unlawful Restraint

Unlawful Restraint Lawyer in Dallas

If you have been charged with unlawful restraint in Dallas, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas, including Garland, Irving, Dallas, Plano, Arlington, Mesquite, Carrolton, Richardson, or Denton, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy. Attorney Richard McConathy is an experienced defense attorney who has the knowledge and skill necessary to craft a solid defense for your case.

Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy for a free consultation at (972) 233-5700 about your allegations of unlawful restraint. With a 91% success rate since 2002 on cases announced ready for trial, you will be represented by an experienced defense attorney who is well equipped to deal with your case.

Information Center for Unlawful Restraint in Dallas

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Unlawful Restraint in Texas

According to §20.02 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual is guilty of unlawful restraint if he or she intentionally restrains another person against their will.  This offense is a Class A misdemeanor that can be upgraded to a state jail felony if the victim was less than 17 years old at the time of the offense.

It can also be upgraded to a third-degree felony if the offender puts the victim at substantial risk of suffering serious bodily injury, or the offender knowingly restrains an on-duty public servant. Other factors that could influence the severity of the charge include:

  • The victim was a child less than 14 years old
  • The offender was related to the child
  • The victim was between the ages of 14 and 17
  • The offender restrained the child with the intent to assume lawful control of the child
  • The offender did not use force, intimidation, or deception to restrain the victim
  • The offender is not more than three years older than the child

Unlawful restraint usually carries penalties that are less severe than those of kidnapping. However, this is still an offense that should be taken very seriously. Contact an experienced defense attorney who can help ensure that you make informed legal decisions throughout the legal process.

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Penalties for Unlawful Restraint in Dallas

If an individual is convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, he or she can be sentenced to up to a year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

Individuals convicted of a state jail felony can be punished by between 180 days and two years behind bars, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

A third degree felony is punishable by a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 10, and a potential fine of up to $10,000.

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Defending Your Record From Unlawful Restraint Charges

If you have been accused of unlawfully restraining someone in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Collin County, or Denton County, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy. Richard McConathy is a knowledgeable defense lawyer in Dallas who will make every effort to help you achieve the most positive outcome for your particular case.

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 for a completely free initial consultation about your charges of unlawful restraint.  Your consultation will begin the process of arming you with a strong defense.

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