The Facts About Unlawful or False Imprisonment

The Facts About Unlawful or False Imprisonment

What does it mean to be unlawfully or falsely imprisoned? These terms actually have multiple facets. On one hand, it is a felony offense in the state of Arizona to unlawfully detain another individual without warrant or license to do so. On the other hand, you may have been wrongfully imprisoned after law enforcement did not take the appropriate measures to get a warrant or obtain evidence for your arrest.

What Does False Imprisonment Mean?

False imprisonment is defined as illegally or knowingly and unlawfully detain or restrain another person. Elements of false imprisonment include:

  • Detention was unlawful
  • A willful detention
  • Detention was without consent

Unlawful Imprisonment Arizona

Unlawful imprisonment takes places when an individual knowingly restrains another person. This offense does not require that there was intent to harm. It could be considered unlawful imprisonment even if you refuse to let someone out of a room or house. Under Arizona law, unlawful imprisonment is a class 6 felony.

If convicted of this crime, the defendant faces imprisonment for up to a year or more prison time if they have been previously convicted of a similar or violent offense. Criminal charges are more serious when the individual who was allegedly wrongfully imprisoned is harmed.

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