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False Imprisonment

New York, New Jersey and Nationwide

When you are arrested or detained for the suspicion of a crime, you may be imprisoned at that time. However, when you are falsely arrested, any imprisonment may be considered false and you may legally be able to pursue retribution in the form of litigation against the parties responsible.

Defining False Imprisonment

False imprisonment is the illegal confinement of an individual against his or her will. It may involve the use of force, or the threat of force. Common cases of false imprisonment may involve private individuals or security companies.

According to law, a shopkeeper may detain an individual suspected of committing a crime, such as shoplifting or vandalism, but may only detain that person for a short period of time. Many courts define a short period of time as 10 to 15 minutes, after which time the shopkeeper must either attempt arrest or allow the individual to go unchallenged. If an arrest follows and the individual detained is not guilty of any crime, the shopkeeper or law enforcement officers involved may face wrongful arrest charges.

Litigation for False Imprisonment

Sometimes false imprisonment occurs through of the actions of a law enforcement officer, and may be accompanied with other forms of police brutality. By contacting the experienced police brutality attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC, we can help you determine the best course of legal action.

Pursuing litigation for false imprisonment can be a difficult and emotional experience. You will have to face those responsible in court and may be asked to recount actions of others which caused you physical and emotional trauma. That is why the experience of our attorneys can help by providing you with the emotional support and expertise you need to pursue your false imprisonment case through the court system.

If you have been the victim of false arrest, please contact the experienced false arrest lawyers at Morelli Ratner PC today for a free case evaluation. We serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York state, including Queens, and New York City.

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