For more than forty years we have successfully represented hundreds of clients in civil rights lawsuits against police officers for false arrests. When police wrongly arrest innocent civilians they cause severe harm to the person arrested, and the way to fight back against this police misconduct is to file a lawsuit for money damages. Even if you are only detained for a few hours, a false arrest wrongly takes away your freedom, and can cause huge problems for your everyday life, disrupting employment, family responsibilities and other activities. Also, a false arrest often causes severe mental distress which lasts for a long time, and can be highly embarrassing, even when it is clear that the arrest was unlawful and you were clearly innocent. If you have been wrongly arrested you should get money to compensate you for the harm you have suffered, and the city or town which employed the officer should be held accountable. We have found that lawsuits for money damages are often much more effective in helping to stop police misconduct and false arrests than filing internal complaints with the police department.
If you have been falsely arrested, and the charges against you were thrown out without you admitting fault, or if you won the case at trial, then you may be able to get money damages against the police officers who arrested you. We have a long history of getting money damages for clients who have been falsely arrested. Recently, we represented the class of plaintiffs who were arrested during a demonstration against the start of the Iraq war, and we obtained a recovery of $11 million. Also, we represented the seven year old boy falsely accused of the murder of Ryan Harris, resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement. And in the George Jones case we recovered $1.4 million in a case where our client was held for five weeks in Cook County Jail after he was wrongly charged with murder. In another case, we recovered close to a quarter million dollars for a man who was falsely arrested and held for a few hours when his infant died of natural causes and he was wrongly suspected of injuring her. Another of our clients was one of the group of three plaintiffs who won a $3.5 million settlement after he was falsely arrested and charged in the Jeanine Nicarico murder.
If you have been arrested or detained when the police did not have probable cause you should receive money damages to compensate you for the police misconduct which led to your unjust arrest. Give us a call and speak to one of our experienced staff members who can obtain the information needed to figure out whether you are entitled to money damages.