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So, I assume from your question that these people are not there at the order of a court, correct?
Very few are brought in buy the courts but this rehab is a state funded clinic and 95% of the patients are walk-ins and volunteer to come in under there own power.
If they are not there at the direction of a judge with orders to detain them, then no, you cannot physically prevent them from leaving. Doing so would be false imprisonment, which is a civil cause of action, as well as a crime.
False Imprisonment – NC Common Law Class 1 Misdemeanor
1. intentionally and unlawfully 2. restrains or detains a person 3. without the person’s consent.
Or, it can even be a felony...
Felonious Restraint – N.C.G.S. 14-43.3 Class F Felony
1. unlawfully restrains a person 2. without the person’s consent (or, if the person is under sixteen, without consent of the person’s parent or guardian), and 3. transports the person by motor vehicle or other conveyance from the place of initial restraint.
Could you mail me some of the laws in the mail. I do not have or have access to a printer. Do you have any suggestions on the prevention of this border from being violated again. It would be a big help, thank you.
I cannot mail you the law, since we are not allowed to have contact outside of this website, but this chat will always be available through your profile, so when you get somewhere you can print, you can do it at any time.
As far as suggestions, you can talk to the person, explain the potential concequences of leaving to them, but you will run into trouble the moment you physically restrain them. That could be putting hands on them or locking in.
As long as you are not physically restraining them, you should be fine.
I need to present to the powers to be at least a copy of this order. Where may I obtain this order? Please keep in mind that these people that seek assistance are not in the right frame of mind at times. But no, we would not be allow to handle them in any way but as far as keeping them in the center against there will is biggest complaint to date with the staff.
Obtain what order? A copy of this chat?
No the order 14-43.3
Here is that specific statute: http://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/pdf/bysection/chapter_14/gs_14-43.3.pdf
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