false imprisonment


Definition of false imprisonment 

: imprisonment of a person contrary to law

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Jeremy Floyd, 39, is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment and several other offenses. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A nervous woman passes a note at vet’s office, video shows. ‘Call the cops,’ it reads," 11 July 2018 The La Verne Police Department's statement said that Browner is also facing charges of robbery, burglary, false imprisonment and child endangerment. Jenna West, SI.com, "Former NFL Player Brandon Browner Charged With Attempted Murder After Arrest," 10 July 2018 That same month, Onfroy was arrested and later charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "XXXTentacion: The nasty, brutish and short life of the chart-topping rapper," 20 June 2018 Browner was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, burglary and a restraining order violation, according to NBC Los Angeles. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Super Bowl champion arrested after kidnapping woman and holding her against her will, police say," 10 July 2018 Onfroy was also accused of false imprisonment and witness tampering and faced up to 30 years in prison. Gerrick D. Kennedy, latimes.com, "XXXTentacion, controversial rapper who broke out amid legal troubles, dead at 20," 19 June 2018 As a result, Morales was wrongfully locked up nearly 50 days, according to a lawsuit Morales filed against Arizona and New Mexico authorities alleging false imprisonment, negligence and civil rights violations. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "‘It wasn’t me:’ Mugshots proved cops had the wrong woman, but she was jailed 49 days, lawsuit says," 8 June 2018 Carrillo sued for false imprisonment and was awarded a $20,000 settlement, but ICE made no admission of wrongdoing. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "ICE held an American man in custody for 1,273 days. He’s not the only one who had to prove his citizenship," 27 Apr. 2018 Jurors were not persuaded and convicted Garcia, along with Drummer and Austin, of murder, robbery of an inhabited place, and false imprisonment. Katie Worth, WIRED, "Framed for Murder By His Own DNA," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of false imprisonment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of false imprisonment 

: the tort of intentionally restraining another by physical force or the threat of physical force without privilege or authority — see also false arrest at arrest

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