Assault & Battery by Police
The police have the authority to use physical force in certain circumstances, such as self-defence. Reasonable force can also be used during the course of an arrest, but if the arrest is unlawful, then the police may have committed an assault or battery against you.
However police officers can only use physical force against you if it is reasonable. Even if the police have a lawful excuse for making physical contact with you, the force used may still amount to a battery if the level of force used was unreasonable. This depends upon the particular circumstances of the situation.
If you were wrongly arrested, you will have a claim for compensation for any unlawful touching or assault by the police including the application of handcuffs and the taking of your fingerprints and DNA.
Whilst you may feel that you are powerless against the police, you have the right to justice as you would if you had been wronged or assaulted by any other authority.
How we can help
Our Civil Liberties specialists act for individuals who have been ill treated at the hands of the police or who have been wrongly caught up in the criminal justice system.
Our team have represented many high profile clients but equally for those who do not receive any publicity at all. Whatever, the nature of your claim, you will receive the same high level of service tailored to your needs.
Different levels of legal aid may be available for your case and we always assess new enquiries to see if they are in scope for funding – this will depend on the facts/type of case and means assessment. Wherever a case falls outside of scope we may be able to offer you a fixed fee and/or our hourly rates. All these funding options can be discussed with our new enquiry team.
2 steps to contacting Howells:
We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.