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Understand The Law Regarding False Arrest

It's the responsibility of the police and other law enforcement officers to maintain peace and enforce law and order. While they have the power and authority to make arrests, the law requires that officers have probable cause or a warrant before arresting. An officer is abusing his or her power if he or she arrests or detains a citizen without a probable cause out of malice or in support of false allegations.

False Arrests Are Common In Chicago

Between 2010 and 2016, Chicago paid $322 million in judgments, settlements and legal fees for reasons, including:

  • False arrests
  • Illegal searches and seizures
  • Violation of constitutional rights
  • Excessive use of force

You May Entitled To Compensation

The law regarding false arrests is extremely complicated. There is a two-year statute of limitations on false arrest claims. Unless you filed it within two years from the date of arrest, you lose out on possible compensation.

However, there are other options to seek justice. You might still have a claim or malicious prosecution, excessive force by police or possibly seek an acquittal or certificate of innocence in your case. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you determine your rights.

Talk To An Attorney Today

If you think you may have been a victim of wrongdoing by police or prosecutors, the Law Office of Stephen L. Richards will work with you in determining if your rights were violated and whether you can pursue compensation. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience in Chicago. Contact our lawyers at 773-467-7079 or send us an email.