Being arrested or detained by the police can be a very frightening experience. When this is done unlawfully or using unnecessary aggression it can be even more intimidating. If you have been the victim of wrongful arrest or false imprisonment, our expert lawyers could help you claim compensation from the police.
We could help if you’ve been:
Arrested without reasonable grounds
Held in custody without explanation
The police have considerable power and this means we place a lot of trust in them to make the right decisions and act responsibly. They can only arrest someone if they have reasonable grounds to believe they have committed a crime. Examples of this might include:
Reliable information about a person’s involvement in criminal activity
Evidence that a person was at the place where a crime happened
'Reasonable grounds' mean that if someone else was presented with the same information, they would also come to the same conclusions. At all times, the police should account for their actions so that you understand what is happening and what you are being detained for.
When making an arrest, the police must:
Identify themselves as the police
Tell you that you’re being arrested
Tell you what crime they think you’ve committed
Even someone suspected of a crime has a right to fair treatment, and it is very important that the police do not infringe on this right by using their power to intimidate or hurt someone.
Standing up to an authority like the police can seem daunting, but we’re here to help. Our expert lawyers have experience bringing claims against almost every major police force in the country and will work hard to get you the justice you deserve.
If you would like to talk to one of the team about a wrongful arrest, false imprisonment or assault, please call us free on 0800 028 1943 – or
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