United States citizens enjoy powerful legal protections under the Bill of Rights, but these rights are often disregarded by police officers in our city. If you have suffered any type of civil rights violation in Chicago or at the hands of police in the suburbs or anywhere in northern Illinois, contact Foutris Law Office, Ltd. to discuss your rights to compensation.
Many people in your position are not aware that they can file a lawsuit against the police with the goal of recovering a settlement, but this is exactly what the Chicago civil rights attorney at the firm has been doing with a 95% success rate for over a decade. He cares personally about defending his clients' rights, and is ready to begin work on your claim. Even when the police have discovered evidence that you committed a crime, such as drugs or other contraband in your possession, it is often possible to resolve the situation in your favor by proving that they violated your Constitutional rights.
The Fourth Amendment states that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
The police are not permitted to frisk you or perform a cavity search unless they can prove that there were circumstances which would lead a reasonable person to believe that you had committed a crime. This extends to searches of your vehicle and your home. Evidence which is gathered in an unlawful search is not admissible in a court of law, and you can further complain that you have been the victim of false arrest even when the police discovered illegal activity but did so in violation of your rights.
Contact a Chicago civil rights attorney for a consultation to determine whether you have grounds for legal action over unlawful search and seizure.