false imprisonment


Definition of false imprisonment

: imprisonment of a person contrary to law

Examples of false imprisonment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Male, 30, arrested on suspicion of violating a protective order and of false imprisonment of two victims, 17400 block Dos Picos Park Road. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: Sept. 15-21," 23 Sep. 2019 San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teresa Caffese ordered Vincent to be held on charges of false imprisonment, attempted residential burglary, criminal threats and battery, following the hearing. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "SF Embarcadero attack: Victim testifies man wanted to ‘kill the front desk lady’ to save her life," 17 Sep. 2019 Father Brian Stanley, 57, of Coloma, faces a false imprisonment charge in the 2013 incident at St. Margaret's Church in Otsego, the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. Fox News, "Michigan priest charged with binding boy with plastic, leaving him in closet," 23 Aug. 2019 Gordon was previously arrested in June 2017 on domestic battery and false imprisonment charges after Leal filed a police report alleging her boyfriend had beaten her and held her in her home. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Late Nick Gordon Told Brother He Wished ‘Things Had Been Different’ with Bobbi Kristina Brown," 2 Jan. 2020 Burroughs had been convicted and sentenced last year on second-degree rape, assault and false imprisonment, the newspaper reported. Fox News, "Baltimore defendant throws metal water pitcher, strikes judge in head after receiving life term: reports," 12 Dec. 2019 Burroughs had previously been convicted and sentenced last year to decades in prison for second-degree rape, assault and false imprisonment, records show. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Chief Circuit Judge struck in head by water pitcher thrown by defendant, sheriff’s office says," 11 Dec. 2019 Is Strahinja Jokic, Nikola’s brother, attending Nuggets games after being arrested in October on suspicion of assault and false imprisonment of a woman in his apartment? Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Mailbag: What are Jamal Murray’s chances of making the All-Star Game?," 14 Nov. 2019 He was previously convicted in 1993 of felony second-degree robbery and false imprisonment, officials said. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Man convicted of sex crimes on young girl goes missing in Santa Clara County," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of false imprisonment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“False imprisonment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20imprisonment. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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