You have a right to claim malicious prosecution when you have been accused of a crime falsely and without probable cause. It is only possible to file this type of lawsuit when the criminal charges against you were dismissed or if you were exonerated. If you believe that the police officer or the prosecutor involved in your case was acting maliciously and pursuing your conviction without good reason, then you may be able to recover a settlement for the trouble and distress you experienced.
At Foutris Law Office, Ltd., a Chicago civil rights lawyer can meet with you to discuss the circumstances of your arrest and prosecution to determine whether you have a claim. The firm's clients have prevailed in over 95% of actions, and many of them hinged on the testimony of the client versus the police officer's account of the situation, without further evidence. Call today for a consultation.
Police officers who abuse their authority and power should be held accountable for their actions. An officer, detective or investigator can easily make criminal accusations against a suspect even when there is not sufficient evidence to support an arrest, and the results for the victim can be disastrous. Being arrested and held in jail will disrupt the defendant's family and social life, as well as costing significant lost wages. The costs of legal defense can be staggering, as well as the damage done to the defendant's reputation. If the police officer withheld or destroyed evidence which would prove your innocence, tampered with witnesses, planted evidence or made false allegations against you, the court may award you punitive damages as well as compensation.
Prior to focusing on representing plaintiffs in civil rights lawsuits, the firm earned valuable experience representing police officers on similar claims. This knowledge of how police operate, their procedures and where to look for evidence of their wrongdoing, plays an important role in building a strong case for damages for the client. The firm represents individuals who have been victimized by false arrest and due process violations in Chicago and throughout the northern part of the state. Mr. Foutris takes a strong interest in his clients' wellbeing and will fight for your rights to compensation. If he does not win your case, then you do not pay a fee.
Contact a Chicago civil rights lawyer for an initial consultation to learn about your rights and to begin work on your claim.