Any person who knowingly confines or detains another without the other’s consent and without proper legal authority commits false imprisonment. This offense is common in domestic relations cases and can fall under a domestic violence classification. This offense occurs often when someone is in a confrontation or argument with another person and they prevent them from leaving the home, room, or even area where they are standing or sitting.
False imprisonment is typically charged as a misdemeanor. However, false imprisonment is a class felony if the person uses force or threat of force to confine or detain the other person; and the person confines or detains the other person for twelve hours or longer.