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False Imprisonment

What is False Imprisonment?


Black’s Law Dictionary defines false imprisonment as “A restraint of a person in a bounded area without justification or consent. … It applies to private as well as governmental detention.”


The law of false imprisonment is similar (but not identical) in most U.S. states. In this post, I’ve assembled a collection of laws on false imprisonment in states throughout the U.S.


Because false imprisonment is part of the common law (that is, law based on judicial precedent) much of the law on false imprisonment comes from court cases, rather than statutes passed by Congress and the state legislatures. Because the law on false imprisonment comes primarily from court cases, this collection is a list of court cases on false imprisonment, from jurisdictions around the country. These cases are from both state and federal courts. To see the difference between state courts and federal courts, click here. To see which federal courts have jurisdiction over your state, click here.


If you have a subscription to Westlaw you can click on each case, and you will be directed to that case. If you do not have a subscription to Westlaw, then do the following:

· Go to Google Scholar.

· Click on “Case Law”

· Copy the name and the citation of the court case from this page

· Paste the name and citation into the search bar of Google Scholar.


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