In Colorado, False imprisonment is a lesser degree of kidnapping. It occurs when a person knowingly confines or detains another without the other’s consent and without proper legal authority. The law carves out an exception for any peace officer acting in good faith within the scope of his or her duties. C.R.S. § 18–3-303. False imprisonment is a class 2 misdemeanor. However, it will be elevated to a class 5 felony if the person uses force or threat of force to confine or detain the other person, and the person confines or detains the person for twelve hours or longer.
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