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False Arrest Attorney in Manhattan

New York City Civil Rights Lawyer Representing Victims of False Arrest in New York City, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island,and Beyond

When officers wrongfully arrest innocent people, they violate those individuals’ civil rights. If you were wrongfully arrested, you have a right to recover financial compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Criminal defense attorney, Craig Trainor is also an experienced civil rights attorney who represents victims of police misconduct, including false arrest. If you are the victim of a false arrest, The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., can help you. Call 212-300-6557 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

What Is False Arrest?

False arrest is a form of police misconduct and a violation of your civil rights. It happens when police officers arrest innocent people and accuse them of crimes they did not commit.

A false arrest may involve:

  • Lack of probable cause for the arrest
  • Fabricated allegations
  • Reports that describe facts that did not occur

Five Common Scenarios

There are innumerable ways a false arrest can occur. Following are five common scenarios.

Arresting everyone in a group. False arrest often occurs when police want to take control of a situation involving many people. If a group of people are watching an altercation on the street or participating in a protest that becomes violent, the police may arrest everyone involved. Often they will charge the innocent bystanders were interfering with an arrest and disorderly conduct. Mr. Trainor calls these arrests the trifecta:

  • Resisting Arrest
  • Obstructing Governmental Administration
  • Disorderly Conduct

These charges are often a signal that someone has been falsely arrested.

Drug cases. Police officers may observe an alleged drug dealer in a neighborhood and then arrest anyone who came into contact with him, despite not having the tell tales signs of a buy: “cash or stash.”

Over-reaching when executing a search warrant. After participating in controlled buys of narcotics, police may obtain a search warrant to arrest a specific person on drug charges. When they execute the search warrant, however, they often arrest not only the suspect named in the warrant, but everyone else in the home without a lawful basis.

Car stop. When the police pull over an automobile for an alleged traffic infraction, they may arrest passengers in the car for any number of charges, even though they may have no probable cause to do so.

Stop-and- frisk violations. New York police have a right to stop, question, and frisk citizens if they have reasonable suspicion that they have committed a crime. Unfortunately, some officers abuse this tactic, stopping innocent people and requesting their IDs for no reason. Studies have shown members of minority groups are stopped much more frequently than white people. Individuals who ask why the officer wants to see their ID often end up arrested for the trifecta of Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration, and Disorderly Conduct.

Be Very Careful with Any Plea Agreement

Generally, if you accept anything other than an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (“ACD”), you may have given up your ability to bring a lawsuit. Don’t give up your rights.

If you have been arrested, contact our law firm immediately. Our founder, Craig Trainor, is a criminal defense lawyer as well as a civil rights attorney. If you were falsely arrested, he will work with you to get the best possible result in your criminal case, so that you can pursue a false arrest lawsuit in civil court.

The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., represents victims of false arrest in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Westchester County, New York.

Mr. Trainor has a unique set of skills and experience that position him
for success in your case


    Attorneys understand that a federal judge clerkship is a highly sought-after position. Mr. Trainor has used this experience to inform his work on behalf of those accused of crimes or harmed by police brutality and misconduct. The federal clerkship gave Mr. Trainor a keen understanding of how to build a winning case in federal court. He understands court procedures inside out and knows what types of arguments and evidence are persuasive.


    Mr. Trainor prosecuted hundreds of cases against people accused of crimes ranging from assault to identity theft to shoplifting to drug dealing. His criminal defense clients benefit from the insider’s perspective he gained in this position.

  • Federal and State Investigations

    Mr. Trainor spent three years focusing exclusively on defense of sophisticated white collar crimes, from public corruption to securities fraud. White collar criminal cases are highly complex and technically challenging. All of Mr. Trainor’s clients benefit from the depth of knowledge he has in financial crimes, investigation, and the use of experts in case development.

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