Police misconduct cases
Regardless of innocence or guilt, if you are in the custody of the police, you have a right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, including excessive and unreasonable force used by police officers. If you have been injured as a result of police misconduct, you may have a legal claim for police misconduct.
Pursuing justice, accountability, and compensation
After being mistreated by the police, it is only natural to have feelings of anger. Contrary to public belief, and regardless of how you personally feel, not every act committed by police officers constitutes a valid misconduct claim or can be considered police brutality. The following may be evaluated:
- Was there probable cause for the arrest?
- Was unnecessary or excessive force used?
- Did injury or wrongful death result?
- Would a reasonable officer in the same situation have reacted in a similar manner or used similar force?
If another officer would have acted in the same manner, a judge may dismiss the case. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced police misconduct lawyer evaluate your claim.
Police officers have several legal defenses uniquely available to them. They also walk into a courtroom cloaked with public sympathy. Therefore, police misconduct lawsuits can be time consuming, expensive, and challenging, especially for those with prior criminal records. However, if your rights have been violated and you have been legitimately injured as a result, you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills and other damages.
For more information, see Police Misconduct FAQ’s