False Arrest &/or Imprisonment – an arrest and/or restraint and/or imprisonment made without proper legal authority

     False arrest is a form of personal injury[1]

false arrest:

1. (18c.) An arrest made without proper legal authority. [2]

2. The unlawful restraint and/or imprisonment of a person and an illegal arrest. [3]

3. An arrest made by a person with no proper legal authority to do so.  False arrest is both a tort and a crime, and is a form of false imprisonmentAlso see arrest and malicious arrest

false imprisonment:

1. The unlawful restraint by one person of the physical liberty of another.  Like false arrest, to which it is closely related, it is both a tort and a crime. [4]


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[1]: Personal Injury from Black’s Law Second Edition Online:  http://thelawdictionary.org/personal-injury/

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

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

[3]:  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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