False Imprisonment


PA False Imprisonment Lawyers

False imprisonment occurs when someone illegally confines another against his or her will. Police officers, school security staff, retail and mall security employees, hotel security officers and others can be held liable for false imprisonment. Although it can be accompanied by force, false imprisonment can occur when the person confined has been threatened with use of force or, based on the circumstances, has reason to believe that force may be used.

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law ... 14th Amendment to the Constitution

Examples of False Imprisonment

At our Philadelphia law firm, Jeffrey R. Lessin & Associates, P.C., our attorneys help people who have suffered damages as a result of being falsely imprisoned or detained by the police. We seek compensation for any injuries or other losses they experienced. Scenarios that may result in false imprisonment claims include:

  • Being locked in a back room in a store because a security guard suspected shoplifting
  • Being unable to leave a hospital or nursing home because of restraints
  • Being arrested, charged, jailed or convicted on false testimony or evidence or invalid warrants
  • Being taken hostage
  • Kidnapping

In all these instances, the individual charged with false imprisonment must be shown to not have probable cause. Additionally, the confinement must be for an "unreasonable" amount of time. People who are charged with false imprisonment or other police misconduct, or their employers, may be liable for damages to the individuals confined. In some instances, the individual may also face criminal charges. Our lawyers can advise you about your situation.

If you or a loved one experienced false imprisonment, contact our Philadelphia law firm to schedule a no-cost consultation about your situation.

You pay no legal fees unless we win. Conveniently located across from City Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

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