Handcuffs on a table to represent false imprisonment

At The Keleher Appellate Law Group, we recognize the profound implications of false imprisonment. Representing clients throughout the country in federal appellate courts, we fight for justice for those wrongfully confined. False imprisonment appeals not only uphold the fundamental tenets of justice but also attempt to remedy the severe tolls this injustice takes on the victims and their families. 

If you or a loved one has been unlawfully restrained and the court failed to redress your grievances, we can help. With comprehensive knowledge of the appellate rules of procedure and a proven track record of success, we are the firm of choice for false imprisonment appeals.

Understanding False Imprisonment

False imprisonment is an intentional tort and, in certain contexts, a criminal offense. It involves the unlawful restriction of an individual’s freedom of movement without their consent and lawful justification. The elements of false imprisonment include:

  • Willful detention – This means the act of restraining must be intentional. Accidental confinement or actions done without the knowledge of causing confinement do not qualify.
  • Without the consent of the detained – The person being confined must not have agreed to the restraint. For instance, someone voluntarily entering a locked facility would not be considered falsely imprisoned as they have given their implicit consent.
  • Without the authority of law – The detainment should be without any legal basis. Law enforcement officers, for example, have the authority to detain individuals under specific circumstances, like when they have an arrest warrant or when there is probable cause. If these conditions are not met, the detention could be seen as false imprisonment.

Examples of False Imprisonment:

  • Unlawful police detainment – A police officer detaining someone at a checkpoint or during a routine stop without a valid reason or holding someone in custody after they should have been released.
  • Private security detainment – A security guard at a store detains someone on mere suspicion without any concrete evidence of wrongdoing, thinking they stole something.
  • Hospital settings – A hospital or medical facility that keeps a patient confined against their will, without a legal or medical reason to do so.

Impact on the Victim

False imprisonment profoundly impacts victims. Beyond the obvious loss of freedom, the emotional trauma can be lasting. Victims might suffer from anxiety, PTSD, trust issues, or even depression. Additionally, the repercussions can extend to physical harm, threats, harm to one’s reputation, and potential financial loss from missed work or legal fees.

Grounds for False Imprisonment Appeals

Given the complex elements underlying false imprisonment, appeals can be challenging. In this regard, potential grounds for a false imprisonment appeal include: 

  • Legal errors – mistakes in interpreting or applying the law which led to wrongful conviction.
  • Inadequate legal representation – incompetence or negligence of the initial defense attorney.
  • New evidence or witness testimony – fresh evidence that could potentially exonerate the defendant.
  • Constitutional violations – breaches of the accused’s rights during the original trial.

The Appellate Process

The appellate court system in both Illinois and federal courts is intricate, requiring an adept understanding of legal norms, precedents, and procedural nuances. 

Appellate Review

An appellate court reviews the decisions of lower courts for any errors of law. It’s pivotal to recognize that these courts don’t retry cases but instead evaluate the legal decisions made in the original trial.

Timelines and Procedures for Filing Appeals

In Illinois, one typically has 30 days after the final judgment to file a notice of appeal. Federal courts also have stringent timelines and defined procedures. This timeline underscores the urgency of having proficient representation from the outset.

Having a skilled appellate lawyer is crucial. Our experience ensures that the appeal focuses on legal errors that could reverse or reduce a conviction, ensuring that justice is served.

Building a Strong False Imprisonment Appeal

A successful appeal in false imprisonment cases often hinges on a meticulous and exhaustive review of every aspect of the original trial. At The Keleher Appellate Law Group, we are dedicated to ensuring that every appeal we handle is grounded in a comprehensive legal strategy:

  • Collecting and Preserving Evidence – Our team conducts a rigorous examination of all evidence presented in the original trial. We also explore potential new evidence that might not have been considered or available during the initial proceedings. Ensuring the quality, relevance, and integrity of the evidence is of utmost importance to us. We are well-versed in the protocols needed to safeguard evidence and ensure its admissibility in appellate courts.
  • Identifying Legal Errors in the Original Trial – One of our core strengths is our deep knowledge of legal procedures and standards. We scrutinize the trial records to detect any legal missteps, misinterpretations, or oversights that might have adversely affected the outcome. Whether it’s a misdirection by a judge or an oversight in the application of the law, we pinpoint these discrepancies and highlight them in the appeal.
  • Crafting Persuasive Legal Arguments – Law is as much about facts as it is about narrative. Our team is adept at constructing compelling legal narratives that underscore the merits of the appeal. By weaving together the facts, legal precedents, and the broader principles of justice, we ensure that our appeals resonate with both the legal rationale and the human dimension of the case.
  • Assembling a Strong Appellate Team – At The Keleher Appellate Law Group, we believe in the collective strength of our team. Our attorneys collaborate, bringing to the table diverse experiences and specialized knowledge. This cohesive approach ensures a multi-faceted analysis and a robust representation of our client’s interests.

With our firm by your side, you’re not just getting representation; you’re getting a dedicated partner. We leave no stone unturned, and our relentless pursuit of truth and justice is what sets us apart.

Why Choose Us

At The Keleher Appellate Law Group, our commitment to justice and a deep understanding of appellate law positions us as your trusted ally in false imprisonment appeals. We recognize the emotional, psychological, and financial toll false imprisonment can inflict. Our team is dedicated to diligently reviewing case facts, legal procedures, and pertinent laws to build a formidable appeal.

Our track record speaks volumes. We’ve successfully advocated for numerous clients, helping them overturn or mitigate unjust convictions. Our thorough approach ensures that every stone is turned, and every legal avenue explored.

Guided by integrity, passion, and unmatched dedication, our mission is to ensure the law serves its true purpose – to uphold justice. When you choose us, you’re opting for a team that genuinely cares and persistently pursues justice.

Contact The Keleher Appellate Law Group

If you or a loved one is grappling with the repercussions of false imprisonment, there is hope. Reach out to us for a consultation.

The Keleher Appellate Group is your go-to source for federal and state false imprisonment appeals, false arrest appeals, and wrongful arrest appeals, proudly serving clients in Chicago and the surrounding areas of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. When it comes to appellate matters, trust our experienced team to advocate for your rights and justice.