Wisconsin Civil Rights Lawyer
Every person has certain civil rights stating how he or she may and may not be treated at the hands of government officials. When an employee or agent of the government violates a person's civil rights, there may be a remedy under the law to recover damages resulting from the violation of those rights.
The most pertinent federal law that protects your constitutional rights against government misconduct is 42 USC Section 1983. Section 1983 gives private citizens the right to sue the government and its employees for constitutional violations.
Some common Section 1983 cases include:
- Excessive force: claims against officers for engaging in brutality or unnecessary deadly force
- Reckless indifference by jail or prison staff in providing necessary medical care to inmates
- False arrest: claims that an officer of the law has abused his or her powers to arrest civilians
- Freedom of speech: claims that you have been retaliated against, often in the workplace, for taking a stance on a controversial issue or peacefully expressing yourself
- Sexual abuse: claims that officers of the law or government officials have used their authority to engage in sexual assault against the threat of retaliation
Due to federal law, strict and difficult legal tests must be passed before someone can pursue a recovery for damages due to a civil rights violation. This law is extremely complicated and requires a great amount of experience in this area. If you feel your civil rights have been violated and you need an attorney to represent you, you need someone with a proven track record in civil rights cases.