False imprisonment most often follows a false arrest, meaning an arrest which is made without probable cause. Probable cause consists of knowledge of a crime being committed or reasonably trustworthy information leading to this belief. When an arrest or detainment is made without this in place, it constitutes a violation of your civil rights. Unwarranted detainment by store personnel or security due to an accusation of shoplifting can also come under the heading of false imprisonment. If you have experienced any of these circumstances, contact us right away. An attorney can help you to understand your rights and options and determine the best course of legal action for your circumstances, so don’t hesitate to speak with a New York City injury lawyer from our firm today.
There are many ways in which damage can be caused by a false imprisonment. If force was used, physical harm may result. Humiliation or emotional distress may also occur. Even lost job opportunities are considered in such cases. You deserve compensation to any injury you have suffered, physical or psychological, and there are legal procedures in place to help you pursue that. Having a legal professional fighting on your behalf is invaluable if you are in such a situation.
At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we have the experience and skill necessary to competently address your complaints. It is important that you do not discuss these with law enforcement or other personnel involved in the incident without an attorney present. It is all too easy to make statements which you do not realize may actually work against you. Contact us immediately; we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay anything unless and until your case is successfully resolved.