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
Business interruption or lost wages
Lost job opportunities
Damage to reputation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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