Law any unlawful detention or restraint of a person by one claiming legal power or authority
- Physical restraint of a person under asserted legal authority but in violation of criminal or constitutional law.
- The tort of unlawful physical restraint of a person.
false arrest - Legal Definition
An arrest made by a person who falsely claims to be a law enforcement officer or by a law enforcement officer who has no legal grounds for making an arrest; restraint of an individual’s free movement. See also false imprisonment.