False Imprisonment occurs when one person confines another person without that person’s consent, with or without the use of force. Even seconds of confinement may be enough to constitute false imprisonment. If the person detained is moved from one place to another, then the offense becomes kidnapping rather than false imprisonment. The movement from one place to another does not have to be a long distance and can in fact be a very short one.
Typically, false imprisonment is a class 2 misdemeanor. However, it is a Class 5 felony if force is actually used or force is threatened, or if the detention lasts for twelve hours or longer.
If you have been charged with false imprisonment, it is in your best interests to seek an immediate consultation with a Denver criminal defense attorney. Kimberly Diego is available 24/7 for consultations at the phone number (720) 257-5346.