Orange County Police Abuse Lawyer
Police officers have a duty to protect and serve the public. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When police officers abuse their authority, whether willfully or negligently, the victims of their abuse deserve justice.
Victims of police abuse have several avenues of legal recourse. The United States Constitution guarantees all of us certain rights, including the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment, and the right to due process under the 14th Amendment. If these rights have been violated, victims can sue police and police departments in federal court under 42 U.S. Code Section 1983. The California Bane Act also provides recourse for violations of civil rights under California law if the police officer used threats, coercion, or intimidation. To prove a civil rights violation, it must be shown that an officer willfully violated those rights. This is a high bar to meet, but these cases can be successful nevertheless, especially if you hire a skilled civil rights attorney to represent you.
Victims of police abuse may also file state-law tort claims. For example, it may be possible to bring claims for assault, battery, negligence, false arrest, or emotional distress. A lawyer who’s experienced in both personal injury law and civil rights law can help you understand your options and get you the compensation you deserve.
For the past several years, I have represented victims of excessive police force in Orange County in both state and federal court. I have litigated both civil rights and personal injury cases. I work hard to protect the rights of my clients, and I get results. If you or a loved one has been victimized by police abuse, call the Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes at 714-423-6928 to schedule a free consultation.