Unlawful restraint is a serious criminal offense in Ohio. If convicted, you will face harsh and unforgiving penalties including jail time and fines. An unlawful restraint conviction will also have serious negative consequences on other areas of your life such as difficulty keeping or finding a job, difficulty financially, furthering your education, maintaining professional licensures and keeping custody of your children.
Unlawful restraint is defined according to Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2905.05) as knowingly restraining another person against their will, with or without being motivated by sexual intentions.
Essentially unlawful restraint occurs when someone knowingly and intentionally restrains the liberty or freedom of another person without that person’s permission.
Unlawful restraint is considered a third-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, you will face up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines.
Other Consequences of Unlawful Restraint
In addition to jail time and potentially hefty fines, an unlawful restraint conviction will have a negative impact on other areas of your life as well. You may face difficulty keeping or finding a job, furthering your education, difficulty financially, maintaining professional licensures and having custody of your children.
Every day in Ohio, there are hundreds of individuals who are charged with unlawful restraint. Although each case is different, it is imperative that you obtain an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate kidnapping attorney who will fight for your legal rights and best interest. The Cincinnati Criminal Defense team has successfully defended hundreds of individuals charged with unlawful restraint. Their knowledge, experience and compassion for your case will help you receive the justice you deserve.