The U.S. Constitution and Florida Constitution set out many rights for individuals, and these rights should be upheld throughout every step of the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other authorities can make mistakes or commit wrongful acts that violate the rights of arrestees, criminal defendants, prisoners, and more.
If you believe that police officers or other government authorities violated your rights, you should speak with a Florida civil rights attorney as soon as possible. At AsilA Law Firm, we protect the rights of defendants in all types of criminal cases, as well as in civil claims when needed.
The following are some examples of possible civil rights violations. Contact us directly to discuss your specific case.
Police brutality makes headlines several times per year across the United States, and many additional cases go unnoticed. Police brutality happens when officers use force that is excessive given the circumstances, which violates your Fourth Amendment rights.
Police brutality might involve the unnecessary use of pepper spray, tasers, batons, police dogs, or firearms. Many acts of police brutality cause serious injuries, and some even involve unjustified deadly force that results in the death of the victim.
The criminal justice system does not always run perfectly, and many people find themselves accused or convicted of crimes they did not commit. When law enforcement officers arrest you without the necessary evidence for probable cause or based on a false warrant, you might be the victim of false arrest, which violates your Fourth Amendment rights.
In addition, some people are then convicted of crimes they did not commit for a variety of reasons. Witnesses might lie, prosecutors might withhold evidence, judges might make errors or deny a new trial, and much more to lead to a wrongful conviction. If you are exonerated of a crime, you can take legal action since the wrongful conviction violated your civil rights.
There are many additional civil rights violations that can occur, including:
If your civil rights were violated during an arrest, detention, or a criminal case, it is a serious matter that needs to be addressed by a skilled attorney immediately. Often, identifying violations and raising them to the court can improve the outcome of your overall criminal case – even resulting in all charges being dropped.
In addition, federal law 42 U.S.C. § 1983 gives individuals the right to file a civil claim for harm and damages arising out of civil rights violations. This might include compensation for physical injuries, mental trauma, lost years in prison, and more.
At Asila Law Firm, we handle civil rights violations in both criminal cases and civil litigation. You want a lawyer who is on your side and fighting for the justice you deserve if your rights were violated. Call 813.549.2813 or contact us online today for more information.