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The Police Cannot Arrest You Without Cause

According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, of the nearly 14,000 people arrested in New York in 2019, over half were innocent. It is a concept New York is very familiar with, especially in its Black communities and communities of color. A false arrest is untenable. If the police arrest you without cause, you have grounds for a lawsuit.

Welcome to R-SQUARE, ESQ. PLLC. At my office, I want to give you your voice. As a Black man, I understand the real fears and worries you may have about the police and the prosecutors’ office. But, when they violate your constitutional rights, I can help you overcome the fear and speak out. Together, we can hold those in power accountable.

What Constitutes Unlawful Arrest And False Imprisonment

Under the law, the police must have a warrant or probable cause if they arrest you. This means that there is compelling evidence that you were involved in a crime. Without this evidence, their arrest is improper. While your first instinct may be to fight back or try to run, now is the time to be aware of your surroundings and to pay attention.

False imprisonment, the corollary to false arrest, is a serious civil rights violation. The police who are acting unlawfully may face serious financial and personal consequences, and you can seek restitution in court.

Think C.A.L.M., And Know Your Rights

C. = Stay Composed

A. = Be Aware

L. = Listen

M. = Make a Call

The first thing anyone needs to do if they are arrested, regardless of the circumstance is to think calm: stay composed, be aware, listen and make a call. Unfortunately, your response to police misconduct may be the only thing that keeps you whole. Call me as soon as you are able, at 718-210-4290 or contact me online.