The crime of false imprisonment is defined by Iowa Code Section 710.7 as the crime a person commits when, having no reasonable belief that the person has any right or authority to do so, the person intentionally confines
another against the other’s will. A person is confined when the person’s freedom to move about is substantially restricted by force, threat, or deception.
False imprisonment is a serious misdemeanor in Iowa, punishable by up to a year in the county jail.
The related charges of kidnapping and child stealing are sometimes charged in situations where the allegations are more serious than false imprisonment under Iowa law, as those offense carry much more severe possible penalties.
Those facing a false imprisonment charge are wise to seek an attorney at once, as it is important to properly handle the case.