Your civil rights ensure that you and everyone in America are entitled to equal opportunity and protection under the law. When individual rights are violated, a lawsuit can be filed to correct injustices. Civil actions can be brought in certain cases to seek compensation for injuries caused by the violations. 

A Phoenix civil rights and liberties attorney can help you to stand up for your rights. You are entitled to protection and fair treatment regardless of your race, color, religion, sex, disability, or national origin. Success is achieved when people speak up. Zanes Law will ensure that your voice is heard and help you in your fight for justice.

Police Misconduct Attorney

Members of law enforcement who violate your civil rights by committing acts of brutality should be held accountable. There are legally required standards to be met when doing their jobs to uphold the law. Police misconduct is a violation of your rights and creates dangerous situations that can injure or kill people.

If you have been the victim of police use of excessive force, or if you have been denied necessary medical care while in police custody, you have the right to pursue a legal action. Some examples of police misconduct that are prohibited by law include:

  • False arrest – Both private citizens, such as security guards, and police officers can be sued for damages in a civil rights lawsuit in Phoenix.
  • Illegal search and seizure – If you have had your property, vehicle or person searched without legal justification, you may be protected by illegal search and seizure laws. Drug possession cases have been dismissed because of these protections.
  • Racial profiling – Being pulled over by a cop solely because of your race is a violation of your civil rights. If there can be no probable cause proven, consult with a civil rights lawyer to pursue a case. 
  • Excessive force – If your loved one has been shot and killed by the police or if you have experienced police violence you may be able to seek compensation with a wrongful death or civil case.
  • Abuse of power – Law enforcement officers who use their power to take unjust actions against you are not within their rights to do so. 

When people in law enforcement violate your civil rights or liberties, you may think fighting against them is a lost cause. If people do not sound the alarm when these violations occur, the pattern is perpetuated and the abuse goes on and on. With the help of a civil rights attorney, your voice can be heard. Civil rights attorneys can and will help you in your fight for justice. 

How Do I Know if I Have a Civil Rights Case?

Determining if you have a potential claim depends on the circumstances. Every situation is different, and civil rights cases tend to be very specific and complex. If your basic freedoms or your rights under the Constitution have been violated, you typically may have a case. 

If you or someone you know are unsure as to whether you have a viable civil rights case, a civil rights and liberties attorney in Phoenix can advise you of your options and help you to understand. 

You have a right to due process anytime you are stopped, investigated, arrested, and charged with a crime. Call an attorney for a case evaluation if you believe your rights have been violated.

What Is a 1983 Lawsuit?

The Civil Rights Act of 1871 is also known as U.S. Code 1983. This allows people to sue for certain types of civil rights violations. Filing a 1983 against the police is a way to refer to bringing action against a law enforcement officer or organization that has violated your rights.

The civil action for deprivation of rights, 42 U.S. Code § 1983 creates a legal avenue to sue for compensation for damages and injunctive relief against police, government agencies, or officials when they violate the constitution or the federal law. 

What Exactly Is a Civil Rights Case?

When a person has a complaint that the government, an employer, the police, a school, or other organization violated their rights, they can file a civil rights case. This type of litigation usually involves an entity that failed to act within the boundaries of the law, causing a person to suffer injury, loss of rights, financial loss or some type of damage. 

Some examples of civil rights cases include:

  • Unlawful racial profiling 
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Due Process violations
  • Violation of Miranda Rights or right to an attorney
  • Educational or employment discrimination
  • Housing discrimination
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace

What Does a Civil Rights Lawyer Do?

The main purpose of a civil rights and liberties attorney in Phoenix is to defend people by standing up for their rights. They represent those involved in cases where there is a dispute about basic human rights, equality, and discriminatory issues. 

An attorney experienced in civil rights and civil liberties can advocate for people who have experienced violations of rights or liberties guaranteed by the constitution of the United States of America.

Some examples of cases that a civil rights attorney might be involved in include:

  • A person was shot in the back by police, but wasn’t armed – use of excessive force
  • Someone was not hired for a job they were qualified for because they were too old – age discrimination
  • A Black family was denied a lease in an apartment because of their race – racial discrimination
  • Police conducted a search without a warrant or probable cause and discovered illegal drugs – illegal search and seizure
  • A woman told by her male probation officer that she would be put in jail unless she slept with him – abuse of power

Civil rights lawyers will represent you in court, draft legal documents, negotiate settlements and do the necessary legal footwork required for their clients. Civil rights lawyers can represent plaintiffs or defendants, depending on their practice area.

Discrimination in Arizona

We protect the rights of people who experience discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender. Though civil rights in this country have been established for decades, discriminatory practices still happen every day and are too serious to ignore.

If you are a person of color, or a member of the LGBTQ community, you have the right to speak up, defend your rights, and act to stop discrimination. As a civil rights law firm in Arizona, we understand the nature of discriminatory acts committed against members of our communities and remain committed to protecting your federal civil rights.

Contact Us for More Information

Our team of civil rights attorneys are committed to serving those whose rights have been violated in Phoenix, and all of Arizona. Our Phoenix civil rights and liberties lawyers are proud to defend the constitutional rights of our clients and to fight against those who infringe upon these rights.

If you believe your rights have been violated or have been the victim of discrimination or police brutality contact us to learn more about your legal options for compensation or injunction. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. The lawyers of Zanes Law are here to help.

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