Wrongful Arrest & False Imprisonment

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If you have recently been taken into custody, and you suspect that the police officers involved in your arrest did not have just cause, used excessive force or arrested you purely because of your appearance or background, you may be able to make wrongful or unlawful arrest claims. 

Furthermore, if you were held in custody for any length of time as a result, you may also be eligible for compensation for false imprisonment. Of all the complaints against the police that are possible, an unlawful arrest is one of the most common. 

If you believe you have been wrongfully arrested or falsely imprisoned, DPP Law’s specialist wrongful arrest solicitors can assist you in building a case and achieving compensation for false arrest. You should always provide our wrongful arrest solicitors with as much evidence as you can. If you have filmed the incident, the video file could prove extremely valuable to your claim for compensation, as can witness accounts. 

You could claim upwards of £1000 in compensation for false imprisonment lasting just one hour. 

There are a number of additional qualifying actions for which DPP Law can help clients make a false arrest claim, including:

  • An innocent person being arrested instead of the true culprit
  • A person being taken into custody without having their rights read to them
  • A person being arrested due to discriminatory factors such as race, or a personal grudge or agenda held by officers
  • An arrest being conducted without a suitable warrant – i.e. one that was falsely obtained

False arrest examples include a recent successful case handled by DPP Law which was covered extensively by the national press. A Liverpool man was rewarded £35,000 in damages for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution by the police in 2014. 

How much can I sue for false arrest?

This would depend on the length of time for which you were unlawfully detained. Compensation amounts start at around £1000 for one hour and jump to £6,000 or more for a 24 hour period. 

What are some examples of false imprisonment?

False imprisonment does not just refer to an innocent person being held in a cell – it can range from being physically held in a way that prevents your escape to being locked in a room, to being threatened with violence if you attempt to leave. 

What are the elements of false imprisonment?

All that needs to have taken place to warrant a claim of false imprisonment is for an individual without the relevant authority or justification to restrain another’s ability to move freely. 

As your legal representatives and advisors, DPP Law can offer you:

  • Trustworthy 24-hour specialist legal advice, counsel and support
  • More than 30 years’ of experience
  • Clarity and transparency throughout

You can contact DPP Law any time of the day or night if you wish to make a wrongful arrest claim or claim for unlawful detention compensation. Our experienced legal experts will work hard to ensure that your rights are upheld. Get in touch with us today.

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