Unlawful Detention

Unlawful Detention

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Unlawful detention occurs when law enforcement unreasonably detains a citizen without making an actual arrest or having other legal justification for doing so. This particular type of police misconduct involves a form of intimidation where the citizen is under the impression that, if they do not cooperate, they could be subject to a criminal charge, arrest, or other consequences. However, unlawful detainment is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and calls for restitution when committed.

If you believe that you have been a victim of unlawful detainment, then Grech & Packer is ready to hear from you. Attorney Grech is a knowledgeable former prosecutor with an intimate understanding of our criminal justice system. He knows what considerations citizens deserve when being questioned by law enforcement and who to hold responsible when officers fail to respect the rights of those citizens.

Recovering restitution for your unlawful detainment may be possible. Explore your options with our dedicated Riverside civil rights attorney now.

The Elements of an Unlawful Detention

Interacting with the public is an essential part of proper policing and officers have the right to engage in consensual encounters with the public when they need information. The police also have the right to briefly detain an individual if they have a suspicion that a crime has been committed. This is most common in traffic stops when officers have stopped drivers who have been speeding or committed other minor traffic violations.

However, any of these encounters can become unlawful when the citizen is restricted for an unreasonable amount of time. Officers have been known to do this to intimidate citizens or even punish them if they somehow feel offended by the citizen's behavior.

Other key elements of an unlawful detainment claim include:

  • Whether or not the officer implied the detention was required
  • Whether or not the officer used force of any kind
  • Whether or not the citizen was incarcerated or physically restrained
  • Whether or not there was probable cause of any crime committed
  • The total length of the detainment

At Grech & Packer, Attorney Grech is ready to help you and your family assess the circumstances of your detainment, determine if there was any wrongdoing by law enforcement, and, if necessary, bring a clear and compelling claim of unlawful detainment to those responsible for this infringement of your rights.

Want to learn more about how our firm can help you hold the proper parties accountable for your unlawful detainment? Contact us today.


  • N.S. v. City of Hemet (2024)

    $750,000 for unarmed man beaten by police during client’s detention.

  • H.B. et al. v. City of Huntington Park (2024)

    $995,000 for shooting death of man armed with knife.

  • A.A. v. City of Burbank (2023)

    $200,000 for excessive force used during client’s detention.

  • E.M. v. City of San Bernardino
  • S.D. et al. v. City of Hemet (2024)

    S.D. et al. v. City of Hemet (2024): $6,750,000 for family of man shot and killed by police

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