false arrest – unlawful restraint of one’s physical liberty under an asserted legal authority to enforce the processes of the law

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false arrest:

1. An arrest made without proper legal authority. [1]

1. The unlawful restraint and/or imprisonment of a person and an illegal arrest. [2]

1. The unlawful restraint by one person of the physical liberty of another under an asserted legal authority to enforce the processes of the law.  22 Am J2d False Imp §§ 1, 2. [3]

1. An arrest made by a person with no legal authority to do so.  False arrest is both a tort and a crime, and is a form of false imprisonment. [3]

Various Federal Laws
Pertaining to False Arrest:

10 U.S.C. (UCMJ) § 897. Art. 97 Unlawful detention

25 U.S.C. § 11.404 – False imprisonment

     To help determine if you or someone you know may have been a victim of a false arrest, read the following article:

The Arrest
Lawful or Unlawful?

Related Supreme Court Rulings:

Wallace v. Kato (2007) – for false arrest cases, the statute of limitations begins to run on the date of the arrest – not at the end of the criminal trial.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Second Edition Online, “FALSE ARREST”:  http://thelawdictionary.org/false-arrest/

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[4]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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