Litigation - Unlawful Detention

Sometimes the authorities get it wrong. When they do, you need redress and someone to be held accountable for their actions.

We can help you gain redress for:

  • Ill-treatment while in custody
  • Unlawful arrest
  • Abuse or neglect of power by the police or the state

Police forces must have a genuine reason for arresting an individual and detaining them in custody, they have procedures they must follow to stay within the law themselves.

Should an arrest be deemed unlawful (no genuine reason or need for making the arrest), then any related period in detention would also be classed as unlawful.

Police officers must always fully consider whether there is a need to arrest,  if they do not have a lawful reason for arresting and detaining an individual, then this could amount to false imprisonment.

Alternatively, if it could be shown that somebody was held for longer than required, or that other realistic alternatives had not been considered, it could be classed an unlawful period of detention.

We’ve got a long history of winning cases against police abuses, but we can also help in instances of neglect by the State.

For further information please contact Andrew Bryan on 02382 820747.

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