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Wrongful Arrest Cases: Helping To Clear Your Record and Receive Compensation

Wrongful-ArrestWrongful arrest refers to law enforcement officials’ illegal detention of an individual without probable cause or a valid warrant. In Florida, an individual detained by law enforcement may have grounds to file a claim for damages against the law enforcement agency or officer responsible for the arrest. Knowing the elements of a wrongful arrest claim in Florida, how you may get compensated, and the steps you can take to protect yourself from unlawful arrest is important.

Elements of a Wrongful Arrest Claim in Florida

To succeed in a wrongful arrest claim in Florida, the plaintiff (the person who has been detained or arrested by law enforcement) must prove the following elements:
  • The defendant (the law enforcement agency or officer) intentionally or recklessly detained the plaintiff.
  • The defendant did not have probable cause to arrest the plaintiff.
  • The plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the wrongful arrest.
Probable cause is a legal standard that requires law enforcement officials to have reasonable grounds to believe that an individual has committed a crime before making an arrest.

Types of Damages

If a plaintiff prevails in a wrongful arrest claim in Florida, they may be entitled to recover damages, including:
  • Compensatory damages: These are damages that compensate the plaintiff for any losses suffered as a result of the wrongful arrest, such as lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional distress.
  • Punitive damages: These are damages to punish the defendant for their wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
  • Attorneys fees: Plaintiff may also be able to recover attorney fees incurred in pursuing a wrongful arrest claim against the defendant.

Steps You Can Take To Protect Yourself

  • Know and assert your rights: Understand your rights under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures, including arrests. If you are under arrest by a law enforcement officer, assert your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.
  • Document or take mental notes of the arrest: If arrested, try to document as much information as possible about the arrest, including the names and badge numbers of the officers involved, the reason for the arrest, and any injuries or property damage that occurred.
  • File a complaint: If you believe you have been wrongfully arrested, file a complaint with the law enforcement agency and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Contact an attorney: An attorney experienced in wrongful arrest cases can advise you on your legal rights, discuss your options, help you gather evidence, and build a strong case.
A wrongful arrest is a serious violation of an individual’s rights and can have significant consequences on the person’s life. It’s important to consult with an attorney to understand your rights and the best course of action. Contact McKeever & Seidule today to decide what is best for you. (407) 628-4878