- The unlawful act of detaining a person without legal justification. It often occurs when someone, such as a security guard, detains another without witnessing a crime or impersonates a police officer. It can also refer to a police officer arresting an innocent person or without sufficient cause or warrant. If committed knowingly, false arrest may have criminal consequences and could also be grounds for a lawsuit for damages
- The man sued the department store for false arrest after he was detained without cause.
- The woman claimed false arrest when the police detained her without a warrant.
- Private security often walk a fine line to avoid cases of false arrest.