What is False Imprisonment in FL?
False Imprisonment is found at Florida Statute Florida Statute 787.02, and the crime of False Imprisonment occurs where:
1) A person a) forcibly, secretly or by threat, either b) confines, abducts, imprisons, or restrains another person, 2) Against their will and without lawful authority.
“Secreting” a person means isolating or insulating the victim from any meaningful contact or communication with the public.
Substantial force is not required for False Imprisonment… just some force (so even holding onto a victim’s arm with your hand can satisfy the element of force in a False Imprisonment case).
Unlike kidnapping, with false imprisonment there is no requirement that the government prove your intent to commit a felony.
The essence of the crime of False Imprisonment is the act of depriving another person of personal liberty, or of freedom of movement, for any length of time.
Even briefly depriving another person their ability to move can be sufficient to constitute the crime of False Imprisonment.
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