False Arrests in Indiana
Our Dedicated Indianapolis Civil Rights Lawyers Will Stand with You
Taking a citizen into custody is one of law enforcement's most basic
functions when a crime has been committed. However, with every arrest
must come proper grounds and protocol from the arresting officers. Regardless
of this, countless citizens are subjected to false arrests every year
due to mistakes and misconduct from police officers they were supposed
to trust. An arrest can not only be unjustified, but embarrassing.
If you believe you have been the subject of a false arrest, then it is
time to speak with legal counsel. At
Keffer Barnhart LLP, we believe that these kinds of civil rights violations are unacceptable
and should be answered with swift and decisive legal action. The Fourth
Amendment protects all U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures
and, when this right is violated by law enforcement, those responsible
need to be held accountable.
Want to learn more about how we can seek justice on your behalf?
Contact us today to speak with our knowledgeable Indianapolis civil rights attorneys.
Examples of False Arrest
Law enforcement is required to acquire probable cause before arresting
and detaining any citizen. Probable cause is reasonable belief that an
individual has committed or is committing a crime that is supported by
witnessed evidence, testimony, or other credible information. When there
is no probable cause to support an arrest, then that arrest is considered false.
False arrests can occur when law enforcement:
- Commits racial profiling
- Becomes insulted and vindictive against a citizen
- Falsifies/plants evidence against a citizen to "create" a suspect
- Arrests an individual solely due to their vicinity of a crime
False Arrests and "Bad Arrests"
It's important to note that many arrests are later to be found to be
unnecessary during the process of investigating and trying a crime. Sometimes,
law enforcement will have probable cause and make an arrest, but will
later discover other evidence that leads to the release of the arrested
suspect. Because there is due process and diligence in these matters (which
are still unfortunate), they do not constitute a false arrest.
If you believe, however, that law enforcement acted in the wrong when arresting
and detaining you, then Keffer Barnhart LLP can assist you. We are ready
to help assess your case and start developing a thorough and aggressive
approach to ensuring that your voice is heard before the law.
Start the process today. Request a
free consultation with one of our civil rights advocates.