California Penal Code 236

Are you facing charges for False Imprisonment in California? A false imprisonment conviction can negatively affect you throughout your lifetime. If convicted of violating Penal Code 236, you could have a felony or misdemeanor on your record, both of which can limit your employment opportunities. Although your situation is serious, there is hope.


At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our criminal attorneys have worked with countless alleged offenders, a number of which have been charged with false imprisonment. When your future is on the line, hiring a skilled attorney with experience handling your charge may be necessary. Let us use our 40 years of combined experience to assist you. Call (888) 250-2865 and take advantage of a free professional consultation with a skilled legal professional.


PC 236 Defined


According to California Penal Code 236, anyone who controls, limits or captures someone without their approval is guilty of false imprisonment.


In order to prosecute for Orange County False Imprisonment, the state has the burden to prove you were guilty of:


  • Deliberately controlling , limiting, detaining or persuading an individual someplace
  • The individual did not give your permission to do so


False imprisonment can also be charged as a felony penal code offense. Under these circumstances, the state has the burden to prove you are guilty of:


    • All of the above, and also using force, violence, threat, fraud or deceit to accomplish the false imprisonment



Penalties for Violating CPC 236



False Imprisonment can be filed under (felony or misdemeanor), and those found guilty can face:


      • Felony – 16 Months, 2-3 Years in the California State Prison and a maximum $10,000 fine
      • Misdemeanor – Up to 1 Year in the Orange County Jail and a maximum $1,000 fine


Other Potential Penalties:


If false imprisonment was involved senior citizens, the felony charged could be increased to more State prison time, by as much as four years.


False imprisonment cases are rarely an open and shut case. Without proper legal counsel, your story may go untold and you may be ordered to serve years behind bars. Don’t let things spiral out of control. Contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation and consultation. The evaluation is confidential and there is no obligation to retain our services.

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