Over period of years countless people have been falsely acused of a crime they never committed. Some of these people were subjected to heavy punishment such as a life penalty and even a death sentence. This is no joke because you'd badly suffer from a bad reputation for something you didn't even do.
What is False Imprisonment?
It's the act of restraining an individual against his or her will without any reasonable justification. Generally, it's paired with threat of force and is considered to be a common law misdemeanor. The elements that consists false imprisonment are: willful detention, without consent and without authority of law.
Here are some things that you need to know to protect yourself from false imprisonment:
If you are falsely arrested, you have the right to remain silent and confide only with your chosen lawyer. Do not speak to the police without your lawyer around. Anything you say will be used against you so, it's better to keep silent.
Try to get the badge numbers and names of any police officers who try to pin the crime on you. There are some police who are willing to take lengths just to see you arrested.
Under the constitution, you have right to be free from violations of your civil rights. You will never submit yourself to police abuse and false arrest. Make sure you have a deep knowledge of your civil rights so, you can protect yourself from these unwanted situations.
If you acquired an injury, make sure to oblige the police to file a report. You have the right to be immediately taken to the hospital if you suffered from police violence.
Any arresting officer who doesn't take the arrested person before a court is guilty of false imprisonment. Same goes for an officer who arrests a person without a warrant.