A person who has been wrongfully arrested or falsely imprisoned may have a civil cause of action against the person or entity that brought the charges or made the false accusations. Being wrongfully accused of a crime or falsely accused of criminal activity can result in damages such as attorney’s fees and missed time from work, as well as humiliation, embarrassment, and damage to your reputation. These types of cases can arise in various contexts, including where a person wrongfully brings criminal charges against you, where a security guard or store worker falsely accuses you of a crime and detains you, and where law enforcement makes an unconstitutional arrest without probable cause. These cases are complex and, in certain circumstances, can also lead to claims for defamation. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with both wrongful arrest and defamation to maximize value in false imprisonment cases. If you have been a victim of a wrongful arrest, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.