2012 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Title 18 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
Chapter 29 - Kidnapping
Section 2902 - Unlawful restraint

§ 2902.  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.

(Dec. 30, 1974, P.L.1120, No.361, eff. imd.; Dec. 20, 2000, P.L.721, No.98, eff. imd.; Dec. 20, 2011, P.L.446, No.111, eff. 60 days)

 

Cross References.  Section 2902 is referred to in section 6105 of this title; sections 5329, 6344 of Title 23 (Domestic Relations); section 9799.14 of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).

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