What is wrongful arrest?
Under the laws that protect the citizens of this country, you can only be arrested or detained if there is probable cause. This means that a NYC police officer has the right to arrest someone only if they are reasonably certain this person has committed a crime or if they have an arrest warrant. There are exceptions to this rule that include running from the scene of an accident or crime.
Most of the time, innocent citizens’ interaction with the police are peaceful, but there have been instances when officers, for a number of reasons, misuse their authority either intentionally or due to mistaken identity. When this happens, victims can experience police brutality; unlawful detention; confinement; humiliation; physical and mental harm; excessive force or threats; and wrongful imprisonment.
If you feel you have been a victim of unreasonable detention; wrongful arrest or imprisonment in NYC, you should consult an experienced New York City attorney immediately. This is always a free consultation and an experienced wrongful arrest or civil rights attorney will be able to access your case and let you know if you have grounds for a civil lawsuit.
Who can make arrests in NYC?
NYPD Police officers are not the only ones who can arrest or detain someone. Private security companies who are hired to maintain security at NYC hotels; retail establishments; venues; movies; etc. have the authority to arrest or detain someone they believe is involved in a crime or disturbance. So it’s not just the police force that may misuse their authority, there is actually a whole host of people who could and have used unlawful force, and wrongfully detained and arrested innocent civilians.
What is your recourse if you have been falsely arrested or wrongfully imprisoned?
If you or a loved one has been falsely arrested or detained, or wrongfully imprisoned in NYC, you have the right to be compensated for the time you spent away from your family and employment and for the suffering, you experienced because of the ordeal itself. Because there are specific laws that govern the bringing of wrongful arrest cases to suit, it is so important to speak to one of the experienced wrongful arrest and imprisonment attorneys from Ronemus & Vilensky who will investigate your case; gather all the evidence they’ll need to bring a successful suit to court; and expertly navigate your through the process.