Cases of mistaken identity have increased dramatically in recent years despite the advances made in technology and the widespread use of CCTV footage. 


Fiona McNelis
Fiona McNelis
Associate Solicitor and Head of Public Law and Child Abuse

Mistaken identity can cover a broad range of issues. 

An individual can be wrongly identified as the perpetrator of a crime and the police can progress their investigation to a criminal prosecution and criminal trial when it is clear that they have arrested the wrong person.  This will then result in the person being falsely arrested, detained and prosecuted for an offence they did not commit.  It could give rise to a malicious prosecution claim especially if the police officers dealing with an individual have acted maliciously. 

Example Cases

We presently act for an individual who has been mistakenly been identified by the police as the perpetrator of a crime when it is clear from the CCTV footage that they have arrested the wrong person. 

Such mistakes by the police can cost the individual concerned a loss of liberty as well as, in certain cases, their job.  This can have serious repercussions for the individual concerned.  We also act for people who have been arrested as perpetrators of a crime where the victim of the crime has specifically informed the police that this person was not responsible for the crime and the CCTV confirms this.

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who have been arrested as a result of mistaken identity.

If you or a family member have been falsely arrested and wish to talk to one of our specialist Lawyers, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

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