False Arrests in Indiana

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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.

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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.

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