If you violate the personal liberty of another person by arresting,
confining, or detaining that person without legal authority, you
have committed the crime of false imprisonment.
imprisonment is a felony for which you could receive up to 10 years
OCGA § 16-5-41
See also OCGA § 17-10-6.2 for enhance sentencing
difference between kidnapping and false imprisonment is that
kidnapping involves the additional element of asportation.
Asportation means that you have moved the person from one place to
another. You need to be aware that this movement only needs to be
slight movement. However, practically speaking, a prosecutor might
have a difficult time getting a conviction for kidnapping if the
person was just moved from one room to another.
Kidnapping is a felony with a sentence of 10 to 20 years. A
conviction for kidnapping for ransom or kidnapping with bodily
injury can result in either life in prison or death. If the victim
is under age 14, the sentece will be 25 to life.
mind that kidnapping is considered a
violent felony and a conviction
means you must do at least 10 years in prison without parole. If
this is your
second violent felony
conviction, life without parole is mandatory.
See OCGA § 17-10-6.1
and 17-10-7 for other sentence enhancements.
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