Wrongful imprisonment, also called false imprisonment, is an intentional tort. It can also be a crime.
In the second element, the plaintiff must be aware of the confinement. In fact, he must have a reasonable belief he was confined to a space. For example, assume that an employee was locked in their office by their boss for three hours, but the employee was unaware that they were locked in and not free to leave the office. This confinement would not be wrongful imprisonment because the employee was unaware of the confinement.
In addition, the defendant must not have the right to confine the plaintiff. This means that a legal arrest by the police would not count as false imprisonment.
Some other types of false imprisonment include the defendant:
Yes. Defenses to false imprisonment include:
If you were wrongfully imprisoned, speak to a personal injury attorney about filing a case. In a civil case, a defendant may have to pay you monetary damages because of the physical, mental, or emotional injury you received.
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