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Unlawful Imprisonment

Unlawful Imprisonment in Washington is a Class C Felony, and is similar to Kidnapping, but is a less severe charge as Kidnapping in the First Degree is a Class A Felony and Second Degree is a Class B Felony.
Under RCW 9A.40.040, a person is guilty of Unlawful Imprisonment if he or she "knowingly restrains another person."
"Restrain" means to restrict a person's movements without consent and without legal authority in a manner which interferes substantially with his liberty.
Restraint is "without consent" if it is accomplished by
  • a) physical force, intimidation, or deception, or
  • b) any means including acquiescence of the victim, if he is a child less than sixteen years old or an incompetent person and if the parent, guardian, or other person or institution having lawful control or custody of him has not acquiesced
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Kidnapping, in contrast, is as follows:
RCW 9A.40.020 Kidnapping in the first degree.
  • (1)  A person is guilty of kidnapping in the first degree if he intentionally abducts another person with intent:
    • (a)  To hold him for ransom or reward, or as a shield or hostage; or
    • (b)  To facilitate commission of any felony or flight thereafter; or
    • (c)  To inflict bodily injury on him; or
    • (d)  To inflict extreme mental distress on him or a third person; or
    • (e)  To interfere with the performance of any governmental function.
  • (2)  Kidnapping in the first degree is a class A felony.
RCW 9A.40.030 Kidnapping in the second degree.
  • (1)  A person is guilty of kidnapping in the second degree if he or she intentionally abducts another person under circumstances not amounting to kidnapping in the first degree.
  • (2)  In any prosecution for kidnapping in the second degree, it is a defense if established by the defendant by a preponderance of the evidence that (a) the abduction does not include the use of or intent to use or threat to use deadly force, and (b) the actor is a relative of the person abducted, and (c) the actor's sole intent is to assume custody of that person. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall constitute a defense to a prosecution for, or preclude a conviction of, any other crime.
  • (3) (a)  Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, kidnapping in the second degree is a class B felony.
    • (b)  Kidnapping in the second degree with a finding of sexual motivation under RCW 9.94A.835 or 13.40.135 is a class A felony.
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