If you or a family member have had your civil rights violated, you can sue.
Civil rights and constitutional law litigation often leads to large settlements and convictions. Under US laws, you have rights. A badge does not allow anyone to violate your rights to due process and free speech, or to search and seize your property without justification.
Cops and other law enforcement officers often violate those rights. If you or someone you know has been a victim of racial profiling, police brutality, inmate abuse, and other forms of discrimination or excessive force, you can sue both bad cops and the government.
Our experienced attorneys have developed proven strategies to turn a solid civil rights claim into a multi-million dollar, precedent-setting case.
For civil rights claimants we sue:
- Police and other law enforcement officers
- Local government officials
- The federal government
- Local police departments
- The city and the state
Our attorneys are decade-long civil rights advocates. They focus on making the culprits pay by maximizing settlements and seeking favorable verdicts. Many bad cops have been taken off the streets of some of America’s most infamous police brutality hubs, including:
- New York
- San Antonio
- Los Angeles
Our attorneys have secured multi-million dollar settlements in dozens of high-profile cases. They know how to get the authorities to cover pricey medical costs and financial reparation to victims and their families.
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Fight Civil Rights Violations. Help Us Protect Your Rights and Turn the Tide of History
We must continue to prove to the world that we can provide a rising standard of living for all men without loss of civil rights or human dignity to any man.
- Robert Kennedy
Whether you or your loved one have been victims of police misconduct, false arrest, illegal searches, or jail medical neglect, your rights have been violated. This is not only bad for you, it is a blemish on American democracy.
Common abuses by law enforcement include violations of:
- The First Amendment, which guarantees free speech
- The Fourth Amendment which disallows the unreasonable searches and seizures of property
- The Eighth Amendment which protects Americans from cruel and unusual punishment
- The Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees due process and equal protection
In theory, even people who are in jail for life should feel safe, have their medical needs covered, and enjoy their basic civil rights. This is far from the truth in practice.
Every day, government employees, cops, and prison staff abuse their power and fail to protect individuals from preventable harm. Civil rights lawsuits can help change the status quo. When you file a civil rights lawsuit, every law-abiding American stands to benefit.
How to File a Civil Rights Claim
- Consult with one of our civil rights attorneys, the sooner the better. Police misconduct cases involve unique complexities that only a seasoned legal professional can handle.
- Prepare to face counter-charges. If you are suing police, they will usually charge you with resisting arrest or assault, as a strategy to defend their behavior. Our attorneys know how to fend off such claims.
- Collect all the evidence you can, keep contact information for witnesses, write down everything you remember about the incident. Take photos of injuries and have emergency room doctors certify them. Take photos of damaged property.
- Do not tell defendants you are suing. Unless it is to request immediate medical attention, keep quiet (You might be dealing with psychopath cops). Sharing too much information could backfire in the event of a lawsuit.
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Cities, States and Police Departments Pay Millions to Settle Civil Rights Lawsuits
Local governments, police departments, and staff can no longer get away with civil rights violations so easily. Our team of civil rights scholars and top-tier litigators can hold the culprits accountable, regardless of their position.
In September 2017, an Illinois man received a $9 million settlement after being wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years. In June 2017, a 13-year-old girl received $1.25 million, the largest ever settlement obtained by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, in a case of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and abuse at an Oregon strip club.
In April 2017, CardioNet agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve claims that it had disclosed unsecured electronic protected health information, violating patients’ privacy.
In July 2017, Columbia resident Ryan Ferguson received $11 million after being wrongfully convicted of murder and spending 10 years in prison.
In January 2017, New York City reached a $75 million settlement over police summonses issued systematically, without probable cause, in order to meet minimum quotas.
In March 2017, the state of Indiana shelled out $3 million in a case brought by Carmel residents Jan and Chris Marten, who had been arrested on false criminal charges related to tax evasion. Their lawsuit alleged that state employees had violated their civil rights, hurting them financially and damaging their reputation.
In January 2017, New Orleans announced a $13.3 million settlement in connection with police violence in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Suffering civil rights violations can be traumatic. Our top-tier attorneys are well-known faces around state and federal courts nationwide, government offices, and police departments. Some have been in government and law enforcement before moving into the private sector. They have the know-how and resources to guide your case towards a favorable resolution.
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There Is a Limited Time-Window to File a Civil Rights Lawsuit
Act Now, Before Your Right to Sue Expires
There is a statute of limitations barring civil rights lawsuits after a certain period of time. Many jurisdictions allow victims to sue up until two or three years after the violations occurred. In some cases, you will have only one year, in others, you may have five or six. It all depends on the location and the type of violation. To be certain about these matters, it is best to consult one of our civil rights specialists.
Whether you have one year or longer to move forward with your claim, it is important to act fast. Especially if you are suing government officials or cops, they are in a position to tamper with evidence and complicate matters for you and your legal team.
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