False Imprisonment Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of False Imprisonment, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is False Imprisonment?

n. Holding a person prisoner in a confined space or through physical restraint, denying freedom of movement. Examples include being locked in a car that is driven without allowing the opportunity to get out of the car, being tied to a chair, or locked in a closet. False imprisonment may follow a false arrest, but is most similar to a kidnapping. If proven, false imprisonment is almost always the basis for a lawsuit for damages.