false imprisonment


false imprisonment
The unlawful restraint by one person of the physical liberty of another. 22 Am J False Imp § 1. An unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another, whether considered as a tort or a crime. Parrot v Bank of America Nat. Trust & Sav. Asso. 97 Cal App 2d 14, 217 P2d 89, 35 ALR2d 263. To constitute an unlawful arrest or a false imprisonment, it is not necessary that force be used. The wrong done is one which may be committed by acts or by words, or by both. An unlawful restraint of the person, or an interference with his personal liberty, is essential, but he is deemed to have been put under restraint if words or acts induced a reasonable apprehension that force would be used, if he did not submit. In short, any unlawful exercise or show of force, by which a person is compelled to remain where he does not wish to remain or to go where he does not wish to go is an unlawful arrest. Durgin v Cohen, 168 Minn 77, 209 NW 532.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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