The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution provides fundamental rights to all of us. If those rights are violated by government officials such as law enforcement officers, you may have a case.
Types of Civil Rights Cases
We handle civil rights cases that include:
- Misconduct by law enforcement
- Excessive force
- Violation of the 1st and 4th amendments
- Violation of privacy
- Cases of discrimination
- Search and seizure without a warrant
- Denial of due process
- Wrongful conviction
- False arrest
- False imprisonment
We encourage you to call us right away if you feel your Constitutional rights or civil rights have been violated in any way. We will be there to guide you through this every step of the way, but make sure that you act fast. Often, when people do not act as fast as possible, crucial evidence that would support your case disappears. You can recruit the help of friends, family members, or even a civil attorney to help you with the collection and preservation of evidence.
Crucial Steps for a Successful Civil Rights Case
As mentioned, collection of evidence is extremely important. You should first and foremost be taking photos or videos of the injuries you have sustained due to the violations of your rights. You can continue to take photos of your injuries as they progress as this will be powerful evidence. Another way to ensure that you are collecting evidence is to maintain a written record of everything. That includes the names of people involved, the witnesses, and everyone’s contact information. In some cases, there will be written records that directly try to discredit yours, so it is important that your information is thorough. You want to collect details as specific as possible. Then you can hand over all of this to your attorney who will know how to use them and leverage them to get you the best results possible.
The next thing that you can do in most cases is filing an internal affairs complaint which is sometimes referred to as a professional standards complaint. It will be a helpful tool for you in terms of getting documentation from the investigation, but the investigation itself may not prove to be helpful for your case. You can receive very important pieces of documentation, including statements that were officially made, which you can then use. It is strongly advised that you do not take this step without having an attorney at your side.
To help with the preservation of your evidence, you can send a letter to the law enforcement agency telling them that they need to preserve documents for later litigation. That will include all evidence pertaining to your case. You need to tell them your full name, where and when your incident occurred, and the names of anyone who was involved in the violation of your rights. They can preserve dispatch transcripts, 911 calls, radio traffic, the GPS location of all officers involved, the vehicles, mobile data, body camera footage, interrogation videos, and more. This letter is a very important step if you want to hold the law enforcement accountable for the violations of your rights.
You can also tell your Florida civil rights attorney to take depositions for the case. That might include the officers who were involved in the violations of your rights. You want to get this testimony as soon as possible. It is very valuable for your case to have it right away because if their story changes down the road, you have a stronger case.
Contact Our Pensacola Civil Rights Attorneys Today
Any type of civil rights case is going to be a complicated thing to deal with and that is why it is so important for you to hire one of our Pensacola civil rights attorneys to help you deal with this. We are here to offer our experienced and get you the results you deserve. Call our office today for a free consultation.