False arrest and imprisonment - definition of False arrest and imprisonment by The Free Dictionary
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1. Physical restraint of a person under asserted legal authority but in violation of criminal or constitutional law.
2. The tort of unlawful physical restraint of a person.
an arrest that is unauthorized by law.
An arrest of a person that is unjustified or against the law.
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The defense argued that false arrest and imprisonment
claims should be dismissed because there was probable cause to arrest Casaccia.
Her] recovery must be determined by established rules defining the torts of false arrest and imprisonment
and malicious prosecution, rules which permit damages only under circumstances in which the law regards the imprisonment or prosecution as improper and unjustified" (Boose v City of Rochester, 71 AD2d 59, 62 [1979).