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Nationwide False Imprisonment Lawyers

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When You’re Falsely Imprisoned, Call The Lawyers You Trust. 

Wrong convictions are harrowing experiences with lifelong and far-reaching consequences. The negligence, lies, and wrongdoings of false imprisonment result in a series of pain for you and your family. During life’s most difficult moments, you need an honest advocate by your side. You need Montlick.

The Path Forward From False Imprisonment Starts Here.

The pain of false imprisonment doesn’t go away easily. Going through such a harrowing experience can be terrifying and isolating. That’s why we work tirelessly to ease your burden. At Montlick, we put the same care into our clients’ cases as we would for our own families. With decades of experience, our care for the community, and our client-first mentality, you’ll know you’re working with a law firm like no other. When you need a caring yet tenacious team, call us at 1-800-LAW-NEED.

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What To Expect
Free Consultation

Wherever you live, our team can help. Our free consultation will help to determine if false imprisonment occurred and the next steps.

Fighting For You

We will gather evidence to support your claim, including witness testimony, security footage, etc. We will fight vigorously to get the justice you deserve.

Our Attorneys Are:
  • Experienced
  • Detail-oriented
  • Compassionate
  • Determined
What to Know

Acting Fast After a False Imprisonment is Critical

It’s critical to act fast. Different states have different statutes of limitations, with some as short as 6 months.

The statute of limitations is a specified period of time a victim has to bring a suit or criminal charges. In many states, for example, a victim has two years to decide whether to press charges or bring a suit. After that time runs out, they typically cannot bring forward a case for that event. False imprisonment is both a crime and a tort. This means if someone has committed false imprisonment, they can face a fine or jail time and owe the plaintiff damages in the form of monetary compensation. If someone has been held against their will and without cause, it’s important to contact the authorities and seek legal assistance. The sooner someone is able to act, the more information can be gathered to build a case.

What is False Imprisonment?

General False Imprisonment Law

Legal definitions and codes vary by state, but generally, false imprisonment is a broader offense than false arrest. False Imprisonment occurs when one person restrains or confines another person without that other person’s consent and without the authority to do so. This can happen when someone is falsely accused of shoplifting and then detained or otherwise restrained by the store. While simply threatening to imprison someone is not typically false imprisonment, a threat of violence or force may raise it to false imprisonment.

What Can Clients Recover in a False Imprisonment Case?

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If one of our clients has been falsely imprisoned, we will pursue damages for the harm they’ve experienced like:

  • Humiliation
  • Harm to their Reputation
  • Past, Present, and Future Medical Expenses
  • Past, Present, and Future Lost Income
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Punitive damages depending on the egregiousness of the defendant’s conduct

A client may have experienced one or all of these harms, and we will fight to make our clients as whole as possible. Damages are most frequently awarded to our clients through monetary payments to help ease their recovery.

What is Shopkeepers’ Privilege?

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Shopkeepers’ Privilege is a common defense employed by shopkeepers when accused of false imprisonment. The defense asserts that a store owner or employee who reasonably believes a customer has shoplifted may detain the alleged perpetrator while the store owner investigates the situation. The store owner typically can only detain the person briefly and cannot confine, bind, or lock a person in a room or area. The purpose of the Shopkeeper’s Privilege is to allow time for law enforcement officials to arrive to investigate the situation and determine whether the person being detained committed theft.

How Do I Know If I Was Falsely Imprisoned?

It can vary, but the key element to any false imprisonment case is the victim’s innocence. If a client committed no crime, we will work ceaselessly in their false imprisonment case. As mentioned, threats of imprisonment may not qualify, but using threats of violence to keep someone from leaving might qualify. False imprisonment can also include placing a person in a bound area, such as a locked room in the back of a store.

What are Punitive Damages?

In instances where the shopkeeper or other defendant acts in an unconscionable and outrageous manner, a client may be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to not only make our clients whole but to punish the offender and prevent future similar behavior.

Because we can’t stop accidents from happening, we do what we can to help minimize their long-term impact. We put more money in your pocket, where it belongs.