Police Misconduct

Civil Rights Violations
Police Misconduct


Police misconduct can be a civil rights violation. Whether the misconduct is physical (such as an excessive use of force) or procedural (such as a false arrest), you have legal rights when your civil rights are taken away. The experienced civil rights team at Pinkston Law Group helps Joliet residents enforce their legal rights. 

What is Police Misconduct?

There are many different forms of police misconduct. There is physical misconduct, such as police brutality or excessive use of force claims. These claims are based on the theory that the officer did not act reasonably in performing his or her duties. The most serious physical misconduct cases usually involve shootings, as this is likely to lead to serious injury or death. Physical injuries are strong evidence of excessive force. If you do not have physical evidence of your injuries, you may still be able to pursue a claim, so be sure to ask a civil rights lawyer about your specific case. 

Misconduct can also occur in police processes. If you are falsely arrested or subject to an illegal search, or the police illegally seize incriminating evidence, you are also the victim of police misconduct. Sometimes, this abuse of process goes all the way to trial. 

If you are the subject of malicious prosecution, you may have a civil rights claim against a prosecutor or prosecuting agency. This can occur even after lengthy appeals (if the defendant is eventually formally exonerated). It can be difficult to know exactly what happened behind closed doors. This is why it is important to hire an attorney who has the authority to subpoena documents, depose witnesses, and get information that would otherwise be unavailable to you. 

How Do I Know If I Have a Civil Rights Claim?

Different civil rights claims have different legal standards. For example: to prove a case for malicious prosecution, you must first win your criminal case. But you can still have a claim for police brutality or excessive use of force, even if you end up with a criminal conviction in the underlying criminal case. There are also practical considerations. What types of evidence will be most persuasive to a jury? How can you prove excessive use of force when your injuries have been carefully concealed by the police, or the police department’s attorney tries to explain them away? 

A civil rights lawyer can give you an honest opinion about your legal rights. Your attorney will also work to preserve evidence, prove your claims, and also prove the fair value of all your losses. This is why it is so important to hire your own civil rights lawyer to start fighting on your side as soon as possible.  

The Right Joliet Civil Rights Lawyer For All Police Misconduct Cases

You don’t have to deal with civil rights violations on your own. The best civil rights team in Joliet is right here at Pinkston Law Group. Call (773) 770-4771 or visit our website today to schedule your consultation. We fight hard to protect the citizens of Joliet from police misconduct. 



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