Misdemeanor & Felony False imprisonment
False imprisonment involves confinement without another person’s consent, with or without the use of force or threat or force, and can occur irrespective of duration, but all of these factors affect the level of classification of the charge. False imprisonment can occur within seconds, or over a period of hours or days. The primary distinction between false imprisonment and kidnapping is that in the former, the person being detained is not moved from one place to another, while in the latter, transportation, however slight, becomes kidnapping, a much more serious offense.
False imprisonment charges commonly arise in alleged domestic violence settings, for example, where one spouse attempts to keep the other from walking out the door, if even for only a second or two.
False imprisonment is a Class 2 misdemeanor, but is elevated to a Class 5 felony if force or threat of force is used, or the detention lasts for twelve hours or longer.
Click below to read the official Colorado statutory definitions for this offense:
False imprisonment (18-3-303)
Alexander Garlin has experience in providing criminal defense of false imprisonment and other related criminal charges, regardless of whether it is classified as a domestic violence offense. Whether you contact Garlin Driscoll, LLC, or other qualified attorneys, we recommend that you do so without delay so that you can better understand your circumstances, and thereby promote informed decision making that could significantly improve the ultimate outcome of your case.
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