Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers
In this country, every individual’s civil rights are protected under the United States Constitution. This means that the law protects a person’s freedom of speech, religion and assembly; the right to petition the government, the right to procedural due process; and freedom from discrimination due to sex, race, gender or national origin. If your civil rights have been violated, a civil rights lawyer can help advocate for individuals or groups who have been victimized by another person or group, including police, prisons, educational systems and government agencies.
Even so, there are times when the people who should be protecting you end up abusing their power and violate the civil rights of others. For the most part, police officers, prison officials and sheriff’s offices take pride in serving the members of the communities in which they swore to protect. Unfortunately, there are times when even law enforcement officials violate other individuals’ civil rights. Examples of these types of situations include the following:
- Excessive force used by law enforcement
- False arrest and malicious criminal prosecution
- Cruel and unusual punishment
- Search and seizures that are unwarranted
- Discrimination based on race, age, sex, religion, or disability
- Withholding due process
- Not allowing a criminal defendant to consult with a lawyer
- Illegal strip search
- Abuse by a prison guard
- Police brutality
- Abusive arrest
- Withholding medical treatment from an inmate while in prison
- Any discrimination based on personal beliefs
Civil rights lawsuits tend to be complicated and can be difficult to win. This is due, in part, to the fact that there is no constitutional law that states that the police force must be competent; and prosecutors are not legally responsible for understanding constitutional rights. This means that there are far too many cases that come before the United States Supreme Court that have compromised the rights of victims whose civil rights have been violated. A civil rights case requires a thorough investigation and a comprehensive understanding of the law. One single error in presenting the case can result in a dismissal.
Because these cases can be complex, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia if you feel that your civil rights have been violated.
Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle, LLC Make Your Civil Rights a Top Priority
If you believe that your civil rights have been violated, Philadelphia civil rights lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle, LLC take these actions very seriously and will fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected, regardless of who is responsible. We have the experience and knowledge to provide the aggressive legal counsel you need to pursue a successful civil rights case, and secure the financial compensation you deserve.
For a confidential consultation, call us at 215-735-3326 or contact us online. We fight hard for clients throughout Eastern Pennsylvania including Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County.