A police officer stops you while you are walking down a Philadelphia street. The officer claims he saw you steal something from the store you just left and places you under arrest. Would that be a false arrest?
A false arrest occurs when someone is illegally restrained from freedom of movement. It does not necessarily have to include a jail cell or handcuffs. A storeowner that accuses you of shoplifting and then refuses to let you leave the store could be accused of false arrest.