Can I sue for falsely accused of shoplifting even if not arrested? 1 Answers as of September 23, 2015

My two daughters and I were falsely accused of shoplifting. We were questioned and our purses and bags were searched. The officer says he was called by the store because the store manager says a customer saw us stealing. The officer didn't find anything in our bags or on us. We were humiliated! The store is offering an apology and a gift card. What are our rights?

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James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
The shop owner has a limited right to stop and detain only until guilt can be determined. However, there can be liability for false arrest. Consider consulting an experienced injury lawyer that has made these types of claims before. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/23/2015
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