As citizens of the United States, we are guaranteed certain rights and liberties in accordance with federal and state law. Unfortunately, police officers and other people in authority positions often violate these rights and can be held liable for their actions in civil court. Our New York City Police Misconduct Attorneys are leaders in the movement to expose misconduct by law enforcement personnel and will fight tirelessly to achieve justice for you and your family.
During a police encounter, citizens have a legal duty to comply with officer instructions and remain calm in order to prevent escalation of the situation. However, it is not always easy to determine whether or not an interaction with a police officer has crossed the line into misconduct. Civil action can help bring about disciplinary proceedings and financial compensation for victims of police abuse. However, the criminal justice system can be intimidating and it is critical that you retain an aggressive Police misconduct attorney for civil rights violations rights case.
Our team of lawyers have handled hundreds of cases, obtaining millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of the victims of police misconduct. We have successfully brought claims against individuals and the Department of Justice for racial profiling, excessive force, false arrests, and wrongful deaths. We have the skills and resources to fight for you in both state and federal courts.
The process for bringing a civil lawsuit against a police officer or the Department of Justice for alleged abuse is complex, with strict deadlines and evidence requirements. It is important to retain an experienced Police Misconduct Attorney as soon as possible to protect your right to file a claim and get the compensation you deserve.
To win a civil lawsuit against an individual officer, you must prove that the officer exceeded their reasonable bounds, infringed upon your constitutional or statutory rights, and caused injuries to you. Depending on the nature of your case, it may be necessary to present photographic and video footage of the incident, eyewitness testimony from others who witnessed the misconduct, medical records documenting the extent of your physical injuries, and other relevant evidence.
A police officer will likely attempt to shield themselves from liability by invoking a doctrine called qualified immunity. This defense exists to ensure that fear of legal prosecution does not inhibit the police from enforcing the law. However, you can overcome this defense by proving that the officer’s actions violated your civil rights.
In addition to monetary damages, you may also be entitled to compensatory damages. These damages can include funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. In the most severe cases, you may be eligible for punitive damages to serve as a deterrent against future abuse by liable parties. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to police misconduct, contact the Law Offices of Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea LoTurco for legal representation. Our attorneys have roots in criminal law and a team that includes former judges and prosecutors, giving us the unique perspective needed to deliver high-quality legal counsel in police misconduct cases.