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Legal Statutes: Pennsylvania

UPDATED May 25, 2017

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Chapter 29. Kidnapping

back to top2902. Unlawful restraint

(a) Offense defined.-- Except as provided under subsection (b) or (c), a person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he knowingly:

(1) restrains another unlawfully in circumstances exposing him to risk of serious bodily injury; or

(2) holds another in a condition of involuntary servitude.

(b) Unlawful restraint of a minor where offender is not victim's parent.--If the victim is a person under 18 years of age, a person who is not the victim's parent commits a felony of the second degree if he knowingly:

(1) restrains another unlawfully in circumstances exposing him to risk of serious bodily injury; or

(2) holds another in a condition of involuntary servitude.

(c) Unlawful restraint of minor where offender is victim's parent.--If the victim is a person under 18 years of age, a parent of the victim commits a felony of the second degree if he knowingly:

(1) restrains another unlawfully in circumstances exposing him to risk of serious bodily injury; or

(2) holds another in a condition of involuntary servitude.

(d) Definition.--As used in this section the term “parent” means a natural parent, stepparent, adoptive parent or guardian of a minor.
1972, Dec. 6, P.L. 1482, No. 334, § 1, effective June 6, 1973. Amended 1974, Dec. 30, P.L. 1120, No. 361, § 2, imd. effective; 2000, Dec. 20, P.L. 721, No. 98, § 1, imd. effective; 2011, Dec. 20, P.L. 446, No. 111, § 1, effective in 60 days [Feb. 21, 2012].