Unlawful search & seizure
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In the United States, civil rights are a cornerstone of our democracy. Civil rights can be defined as personal rights guaranteed and protected by the United States Constitution and a body of various federal laws enacted over the years (for example, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).
All citizens of the United States should enjoy the same, equal rights, as required by the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Some of these rights include:
Sadly, for some people, these basic rights can be trodden on and violated in acts of discrimination, violence, or other miscarriages of justice. A violation of civil rights occurs as a result of force or threat against an individual who is a member of a protected class. Some examples of civil rights violations include:
If you’ve suffered a violation of your basic rights, you are not alone. A civil rights lawyer in Virginia with Halperin Law Center can fight for you, no matter your economic status. At the Halperin Law Center, we can assist with a myriad of civil rights violations, including civil rights claims under Section 1983, which provides individuals with the right to sue state government employees and others acting “under color of state law” for civil rights violations.
When a police officer uses more force than that which is necessary for what he or she is authorized to do, they are deemed to be using “excessive force,” which can be a violation of a person’s Civil Rights. If the victim is injured as a result of the excessive force, the police department may be required to compensate them for damages. An officer may be violating someone’s Civil Rights if he or she unnecessarily assaults, causes harm, or fires his or her weapon at them. For example, a police officer may be within his or her right to handcuff a suspect who is under arrest; however the suspect’s Constitutional Rights may be violated if the officer were to then point a weapon at an unarmed and handcuffed individual. Whether or not there is a viable claim for damages depends on the reason(s) for the use of force, the intent or goal of the officer(s), and whether or not they had the authority to proceed with those goals.
Victims of police brutality may sustain injuries that cause them to incur financial damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Federal and State law may entitle them to compensation for pain and suffering, as well as for the humiliation and embarrassment that the police officer’s misbehavior has caused that person in the form of punitive damages in order to deter future misconduct.
Unlawful search & seizure
All workers in the Commonwealth of Virginia enjoy the right to a workplace free of discrimination of any kind.
The Virginia Human Rights Act aims to preserve the general welfare of employees in the commonwealth by outlawing discriminatory practices. Specifically, it prohibits ocupational discrimination against yourself or any other worker on the basis of:
When someone infringes on your constitutional civil rights, the net effect is more than simply preventing you from enjoying the same liberties as others. Whether you’ve been unlawfully harmed by an agent of the state or discriminated against in the workplace, a dedicated and experienced civil rights lawyer in Virginia with Halperin Law Center can help you seek the full compensation due you under the law.
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