Wrongful ArrestWrongful arrest occurs when the police place a person under arrest without just cause, and can cause physical and/or emotional harm to the individual and those close to them. Some examples why an arrest might be wrongful include:
- The wrong person being arrested
- The person is arrested purely because of their race, sex or religion
- The person has been arrested due to the personal agenda of the police
- The arrest warrant was obtained using false information
- The police do not read the individual their rights when they are arrested
False ImprisonmentFalse imprisonment is a term used for the unlawful detainment of a person against his / her will. People can endure false imprisonment at the hands of a criminal, person they know or even the police, so it’s important to know your rights if you’re placed under arrest. If you’ve been detained by the police, you have a right to legal advice. Once you’ve asked, the police cannot legally question you (apart from in exceptional circumstances), until you’ve had advice from a professional. The longest you can be detained prior to getting legal advice is 36 hours, or 48 hours if you’re suspected of terrorism, any longer than this and you are the victim of false imprisonment. False imprisonment is a serious offence, and victims could be entitled to compensation. If you think you’ve been the victim of false imprisonment, don’t suffer in silence. If you have been affected by a wrongful arrest or a false imprisonment case, contact us today to speak with one of our experienced solicitors about your case.