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Wrongful Arrest

Wrongful Arrest Compensation Claims

Many people live by the old adage of “there’s no smoke without fire”, so when somebody is wrongfully arrested in relation to a serious offence, it can have a highly damaging and entirely unfair long-term impact on their lives.

In many of the wrongful arrest claims against police forces we handle at Hudgell Solicitors, the victims are honest, upstanding members of society who have, through no fault of their own, found themselves wrongly accused.

These have included a man wrongly arrested for murder and locked up for 36 hours, and another who was led away by police from his place of work, wrongly accused of committing a sexual assault.

In both cases, the investigating police forces soon realised the errors of their ways, and both men were told they had no case to answer. However, the damage had already been done.

Specialists in Wrongful Arrest

Our team at Hudgell Solicitors are highly experienced in supporting people who have been wrongfully arrested in making claims against the police force involved. Whilst we all understand, and to a degree accept, that wrongful arrests will happen as part of the police trying to get to the bottom of cases, there still has to be a genuine reason for each and every arrest carried out.

  • With an expert legal team experienced in holding public authorities to account, we will be a strong and reliable partner in your challenge against the state.
  • We offer competitive private funding rates and routinely act for clients who pay privately. We are proud of the service we offer to our clients.
  • We are also a practice that has the benefit of a legal aid franchise and as such, are able to act for the most vulnerable clients, at no cost to you.
  • Award winning team who have been nationally recognised and widely accredited for delivering civil liberties legal services to our clients.




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Making a Wrongful Arrest Claim

The power to arrest a citizen should only be used by the police as a last resort. There must be a lawful reason to make an arrest in the first place, otherwise this can be considered to be a wrongful arrest. Any equipment used by the police, such as batons, tear gas Taser guns or firearms, will also be taken into account when a decision is being made as to whether the force used was reasonable and lawful.

When making an arrest, police must follow a set procedure, and amongst other things, the arresting officer must identify themselves, tell the individual what crime they are suspected of having committed and explain why an arrest is necessary. If you feel you were wrongfully arrested, call our police claims team today for free advice, as time limits do apply to these claims.

Our Wrongful Arrest Experts

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How much will my claim cost?

All wrongful arrest cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

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What is wrongful arrest?

UK law says that a police officer can only arrest a person if they are wanted on a warrant or if they have “reasonable belief” that someone might have been involved in a criminal offence, or be about to commit an offence, and they therefore believe it is necessary to arrest them.

If you wanted to bring a claim of wrongful arrest, the allegation would hinge on two main things:

  • Whether the officer should or shouldn’t have believed that the person may have been involved in a criminal offence or about to commit an offence
  • Whether or not it was necessary to conduct an arrest
  • If inquiries could have been continued without an arrest taking place, then a wrongful arrest may have occurred.

    The officer’s belief at the time of the arrest can also be questioned and come under scrutiny after the event, especially if it appears that it was unreasonable for them to suspect the individual of a crime.

    Why should I make a claim for wrongful arrest?

    Claiming for wrongful arrest can help to restore unfairly damaged reputations.

    When people turn to our team at Hudgell Solicitors after being wrongfully arrested they are often understandably very angry. However, their motivation is not usually about revenge or financial compensation, but about restoring their reputation and standing in their community.

    They are usually badly affected by the horrendous period they and their families have been put through. It can impact not only on their family and friends, but also at work.

    People can find themselves suspended from their jobs for a long period of time, as did a magistrate we successfully represented who was wrongly accused of committing a crime.

    "Damages secured for client after officers arrested him at home having turned up at the wrong address."

    Leanne Stephenson, Associate, Civil Liberties

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