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False Arrest/Wrongful Imprisonment

The United States Constitution protects individuals from a false or unlawful arrest by a law enforcement officer. At Sethi & Mazaheri, we are dedicated to representing individuals whose civil rights have been violated at the hands of the police and are committed in obtaining the maximum compensation for the indignity of suffering though an unjustified arrest.

Under the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution, a police officer may only arrest or detain someone if they have probable cause. If no probable cause existed for your arrest or detention, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you suffered, including:

  • Emotional suffering and humiliation

  • Physical illness or injury

  • Prolonged confinement

  • Excessive Force

  • Business interruption or lost wages

  • Lost job opportunities

  • Damage to reputation

  • Punitive damages

The reasons behind a false arrest can range from malice, racism, or incompetence. In each circumstance, you may be entitled to damages. In matters where charges were brought against you stemming from the false arrest, you may also be eligible to sue for malicious prosecution or wrongful conviction. Federal law also protects individuals from false arrests by persons acting under the authority of the State, which can include security guards, store owners or private citizens.

A false arrest claim can be difficult to prove if you dont have an attorney who is aggressive and willing to actively investigate your claim. As former prosecutors, we have extensive experience in criminal investigation and a comprehensive knowledge of the level of suspicion needed by an officer before making a lawful arrest.

If you believe that you are the victim of false arrest, you must act quickly. The time limit, or statute of limitations, to file a lawsuit can prevent you from pursuing your case if you wait too long to make a claim. In a false arrest case, we will represent you on a Contingency Fee basis. In other words, you are not obligated to pay us up-front and will not be responsible for legal fees unless we win your case.

If you think you may have been the victim of a false arrest, please contact us for a free consultation at 646.397.1287 or 201.606.2267 or email us at

Locations :

NY Office:

26 Broadway, 21st Floor

New York, NY 10004

Phone: 646-405-9846

NJ Location:

121 Newark Ave., 5th Floor

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: 201-606-2267

VA Office: 

1727 King St., #300

Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-791-9279

(Federal immigration practice only)

Sethi & Mazaheri
26 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10004
Broadway New York 10004 USA 646.397.1287
9 Polifly Road, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Hackensack New Jersey 07601 USA 201-606-2267
2050 Ballenger Ave., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314
Alexandria Virginia 22314 USA 703.791.9279