What is Abuse of Process?
Abuse of process involves the use of criminal or civil legal process against another primarily to accomplish a purpose for which it was not designed. In the case of Cline v. Flagler Sales Corporation, Cline purchased what was described as a chattel (possibly an appliance) from Flagler Sales Corporation and executed a retail installment contract. Flagler hired someone to collect the installment payments that were not made. Meanwhile, Cline returned the chattel which was accepted. However, the collector filed criminal charges against her under F.S. Section 818.01. This law makes it a crime to remove property from the county in which you live where another person or entity holds the title to the item (chattel). The charge resulted in Cline’s arrest.
Abuse of Process Involves the Issuance of Improper Process Which is Used.