False Imprisonment in Florida
If accused of False Imprisonment, you need to know the:
Definition of False Imprisonment
Under Florida Statute Florida Statute 787.02, the crime of False Imprisonment is committed when a person either:
- Forcibly, by threat, confines, abducts, imprisons, or restrains another person without lawful authority against their will; or
- Secretly confines, abducts, imprisons, or restrains another person without lawful authority against their will.
Depriving Freedom of Movement
The essence of False Imprisonment is the act of depriving another person of personal liberty or freedom of movement for any length of time.
Even briefly depriving another person their ability to leave can be sufficient to constitute the crime of False Imprisonment. 
Penalties for False Imprisonment
The crime of False Imprisonment is classified as a Third Degree Felony and is assigned a Level 6 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code.
If convicted of False Imprisonment, a judge can impose any combination of the following penalties:
- Up to five (5) years in prison.
- Up to five (5) years of probation.
- Up to $5,000 in fines.
Defenses to False Imprisonment
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