What is False Imprisonment? - Definition, Cases & Charges


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Kee is a security officer at a local store. He saw a customer place several items in her purse as she shopped. As the customer began to walk to the exit door, Kee stepped in front of her and informed her that she needed to follow him to the back office. After becoming upset, yelling, and cursing at Kee, the customer went to the back office. Kee called the police and told the customer that she must wait with him for the police to arrive. The customer told Kee she would be filing false imprisonment charges against him. Does Kee have anything to worry about?

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1. Mary stalked a man for months, then broke into his house one night. She tied him to his bed with zip ties and wouldn't let him leave. He sustained several injuries during the ordeal. When he didn't show up to work for the second day in a row, his co-workers came to check on him. He was finally freed and ended up spending a few days in the hospital. Mary faced criminal charges and the victim faced a mountain of medical bills. What can he do?

2. Renae was leaving her job one night and wasn't paying attention. A man came up behind her and forced her into the trunk of his car. He drove for a long time with her in the trunk. Her captor kept her in a cabin in the woods for several days until she was finally rescued. What charges may her captor face?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet assessment is an effective tool you can use to measure your knowledge of false imprisonment. You should be able to understand the legalities of this crime based on given scenarios in order to complete this assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You should be prepared to do the following on this quiz:

  • Understand whether false imprisonment does or does not apply to a security officer holding a shoplifting suspect
  • Describe what a victim of false imprisonment can do based on a given scenario
  • Discuss what a person would be charged with who forces an individual into the trunk of his car and keeps the individual in a cabin in the woods
  • Identify elements that must exist for false imprisonment to occur
  • Know what affects the type of charges brought up in a false imprisonment case

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the elements that exist in false imprisonment
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what constitutes false imprisonment and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what influences the types of charges one faces in a false imprisonment case

Additional Learning

If you're looking for more details about this topic, you can refer to the lesson titled What is False Imprisonment? - Definition, Cases & Charges. You will have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • What two well-known cases represent false imprisonment
  • How a similar crime differs from false imprisonment
  • Examples of two cases resulting in false imprisonment charges