Police officers and other law enforcement officials are entrusted with tremendous power and authority to keep the peace and protect citizens from harm. When an individual officer abuses this power to arrest or detain a citizen without probable cause out of malice or to support false allegations, the victim has a right to seek redress for a civil rights violation.
Foutris Law Office, Ltd. has spent over a decade representing the victims of false arrest in Chicago and across northern Illinois, and before that the attorney earned valuable experience defending police officers against civil lawsuits. He knows the tactics they use to justify unlawful arrests, as well as how to investigate for evidence that they have broken the law. Contact the firm today to receive a consultation and for dedicated advocacy for your rights to compensation.
A police officer who deprives a citizen of civil rights is liable to the victim for monetary damages under Section 1983 of the United States Code. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees your right against unlawful search & seizure, and if you have been detained or arrested without probable cause you may be able to recover a settlement. This includes cases where the police officer fabricated or planted evidence upon the suspect's person or in a vehicle or residence to support the grounds for arrest.
Making a complaint to the police department can be unsuccessful in securing justice, and it is often necessary to retain an experienced Chicago civil rights lawyer to represent your claim. False arrest is a due process violation, as it bypasses the necessity of probable cause or a warrant, and it often leads to malicious prosecution. You may not only have a claim against the officer who arrested you, but also against any other policemen whose failure to intervene is equally reprehensible. An attorney from the firm can help you defend your rights against police misconduct.
Contact a Chicago civil rights lawyer to learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to receive after being the victim of false arrest.