Civil Rights Lawsuits
We handle civil rights cases that involve the police–specifically, police brutality, false arrest, unlawful search and seizure, and other types of police misconduct. The Constitution includes many protections that limit what the government–including police officers–can do to citizens. If the police go beyond what the Fourth Amendment allows, they have violated your rights.
To win a police brutality case, you must show that the officer used “unreasonable” force. It’s not surprising that Police officers will never admit to brutality. Instead, they will claim you caused your own injuries or they were defending themselves to justify their use of force. When it’s your word against a police officer, you need a skilled civil rights attorney. The attorney at the Nixa Law Firm can use the police reports, witnesses who saw what happened, and your own testimony to help unravel the “police lie.” The Chicago Police Department has a long history of police brutality against residents of the City of Chicago.
- We are experts in police brutality lawsuits.
- We used to represent police officers.
- We can help even when you have no witnesses and it’s your word against a police officer.
If you were charged with a crime that you did not commit and acquitted at trial, or charges were dropped, you may have a malicious prosecution claim. Malicious prosecution is a state-law claim. It allows you to recover damages for the time that you spent in jail, and the fact that you had to face charges. You can also recover money that you spent on a criminal defense attorney. To win a malicious prosecution case, you have to show that the police lacked probable cause and acted maliciously. It is essential to contact an attorney quickly though because there is a very limited time to bring a malicious prosecution case.
Wrongful conviction lawsuits often involve malicious prosecution claims.
The police cannot arrest you unless they have probable cause. The Fourth Amendment says so. Probable cause means that the police must have “reasonable grounds” to believe you committed a crime. This means that police must have some credible information that you committed a crime, but they do not have to have evidence to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Typically, the only way to bring a false arrest lawsuit is if charges were dropped or you beat the criminal case at trial. If you believe you were falsely arrested, call us for a free consultation. We can help explain your rights and go over your options with you. We also handle malicious prosecution and wrongful convictions.
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits police from unlawful searches and seizures. Unlawful searches that often lead to law suits are strip searches, cavity searches, unlawful pat-downs. In general, to conduct a pat-down search, the police must have a reasonable suspicion that you were committing a crime. Unlawful search cases, also include cases where the police did not have a search warrant, searched the wrong home, or searched the wrong person.