False Imprisonment Claims

At TDP Solicitors, we have vast experience dealing with police misconduct claims. If you have experienced police misconduct, we can help you take civil action against the police. If you want to learn more about the claim process, please contact us at TDP Solicitors at 0151 242 5111.

What are false imprisonment claims?

Also known as unlawful or wrongful arrest, false imprisonment is the detention of an individual without reasonable grounds for arrest. If there was no lawful cause for the arrest, the detention is unjustified, and you be eligible to sue the police. 

If you decide to sue the police for police misconduct, you can use false imprisonment as a “head of claim.” there are other heads of claim you can put forward, including assault and battery,  negligence, and more. 

How long is the length of detention? 

When an individual is arrested, they usually cannot be detained longer than 24 hours. This can be extended to 36 hours if a high-ranking officer has reasonable grounds to believe the further detention of the person without charge is necessary to secure or preserve evidence by questioning. 

In that case, the police can obtain a warrant for further detention for an extended period of up to 36 hours. However, this extra period of detention cannot exceed 36 hours. 

How do I prove false imprisonment? 

For successful false imprisonment claims, you typically need to demonstrate the following elements:

  • you were physically detained and kept in police custody.  
  • you were aware of the confinement when it occurred. 
  • you may also need to prove that you suffered damages due to the false imprisonment, such as physical harm, emotional distress, or financial losses.

Whether you were in police custody for 1 hour or 12, you can still put forward a false imprisonment claim. However, the longer you are kept, the more compensation you will likely receive. 

How much can I claim?

The amount of false imprisonment compensation you could receive will depend on various factors, including the specific circumstances of the case and the extent of damages suffered.

To get a better idea of how much false imprisonment compensation you could get, get in touch with a solicitor experienced in police misconduct claims. At TDP Solicitors, our team of experts are always on hand to help; we promise that we will always act in your best interests and provide you with the quality of service you deserve.

What’s next? 

If you want to learn more about false imprisonment claims or discuss your potential case, please contact us at TDP Solicitors at 0151 242 5111. We can help you seek justice for the wrongdoing committed against you and get you the compensation you deserve.