False imprisonment is the unlawful detention of a person. Maryland caselaw distinguishes the common law crime of false imprisonment, as a lesser included offense of kidnapping. The experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorney should be aware that caselaw suggests false imprisonment may be a fineable offense. Where there is no carrying away, or where there is no force, the appropriate charge is false imprisonment. The difference in treatment and potential severity of any sentence make it imperative that the specific factual circumstances around any alleged kidnapping must be scrutinized with great care.
-This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 3/19/20.