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On July 4, 2017 several owners and children went to the roof

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On July 4, 2017 several owners and children went to the roof of our building in NYC to see fireworks. The board president was mad that we were up there, but did not come out and ask us to leave. Instead, she removed the brick that propped the door open and locked us out with at least 5 minors including 2 6 year olds. I went to the police station and no one could figure out if any law was broken. My daughter to this day talks about the mean lady who locked us on the roof. I would like to press charges against her if I still can and am able.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
no

This is probably a case of false imprisonment. I don't have reason to believe that this was a criminal action, but rather you and everyone else could have a civil cause of action against this person.

False imprisonment occurs when a person is confined to a bounded area. In a suit for false imprisonment, the damages award may include compensation for loss of earnings while imprisoned, for bodily and mental suffering caused by the imprisonment, and for expenses incurred in securing discharge from restraint including a reasonable attorney fees.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
no one was physically hurt, but my daughter is apparently experiencing difficulty with it as she brings it up from time to time. What type of lawyer should I seek? What is the statute of limitations on this and why is this not a criminal act?

I can understand. So, if she suffered mental suffering as a result, then that is something that you could sue under. You would have to show that she suffered some mental harm such as through reports by a doctor or a therapist. The reason it's not a criminal matter is because it doesn't appear that the state legislature had made something like this a crime. I cannot find anything that would suggest that this is criminal, but it doesn't mean you would have some recourse. Even then, without any physical harm, it seems improbable that a district attorney would pursue the case, unfortunately.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
What type of attorney should I contact and is there a statute of limitations?

You'd want to find a civil litigation attorney and the statute of limitations for this is one year in NY state so you have some time, but you must move quick.

One of the hardest things to do sometimes is find a lawyer that you can trust. Google searches are a good place to start, but usually the lawyers who pay the most in advertising can get bumped up to be on the first page regardless of their quality. One thing I recommend is going through your state’s lawyer referral service (LRS). The LRS in each state typically requires the attorney to have several years of practice, be free of discipline, and have adequate staffing to assist people. If you click here, you can see a full list of all of the lawyer referral services throughout the country. You can also search for attorneys on a website called Lawyer Legion (click here) that scours all 50 states based on the kind of attorney you need.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Thank you for your help!

You bet!