False ImprisonmentFalse imprisonment can be treated as both a crime and a tort

Under the Common law, false imprisonment can be treated as both a crime and a tort.  If a person falsely imprisons another individual, he or she will be prosecuted for the crime of false imprisonment by the state.  On the other hand, if someone was falsely imprisoned, her or she could file a civil lawsuit against the person who was responsible for the false imprisonment.

The victim of false imprisonment is entitled to damages

Some common damages available to a person who has been subjected to false imprisonment include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Punitive damages

A personal injury attorney who is experienced in false imprisonment cases can help you

In order to increase you chances of prevailing in a false imprisonment lawsuit, it would be a good idea to work closely with an attorney who is experienced in litigating false imprisonment cases.  An attorney who is knowledgeable in false imprisonment law can help you with the following:

  • File a lawsuit on your behalf against the defendant who caused your false imprisonment
  • Determine whether you have a valid false imprisonment claim against the defendant
  • Litigate your false imprisonment case
  • Determine your damages

False imprisonment involves the confining of an individual against his or her will 

False imprisonment is an act by the defendant that confines or restrains another to a bounded area against his or her will with no reasonable means of escape.  Examples of false imprisonment include handcuffing an individual to furniture, or drugging an individual to reduce their physical ability or mental capacity to leave.

Keep in mind, if you have been falsely imprisoned and need assistance, speak with a False Imprisonment attorney for guidance.

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