Are you a victim of police brutality or other police misconduct in Chicago? You may be able to recover fair and just compensation for your damages, including your physical injuries, the emotional trauma and the medical expenses incurred due to the unlawful behavior. The first step in determining whether you have grounds for a lawsuit is to have a firm grasp on exactly what your civil rights are, so that you can evaluate whether they have been violated.
At Foutris Law Office, Ltd., a Chicago civil rights attorney with more than 19 years of experience can represent you in a civil lawsuit to pursue your rights to compensation. The firm's founding attorney has been involved in hundreds of cases involving allegations of civil rights violations and will be able to use his knowledge and experience to strengthen your claim.
Each case is unique, and it is possible that the officer who wronged you violated a specific law, but there are certain fundamental civil rights which form the basis of a majority of police misconduct lawsuits:
The Fourth Amendment guarantees protection against unlawful search and seizure. Through this portion of the Bill of Rights the U.S. Constitution prohibits police officers from using excessive force, from entering your home or vehicle without permission or legal justification and from unjustifiably searching you or your things. False arrest claims, which occur when a police officer arrests someone without probable cause, are often based on the violation of a person's Fourth Amendment rights.
Through this part of the Bill of Rights, Americans have a right to "plead the Fifth". When you are in police custody you can exercise your right to remain silent since the Fifth Amendment protects people from saying things that will incriminate them. When police violate this right, this can lead to coerced confessions, which are usually not admissible as evidence in criminal cases. The Fifth Amendment also protects Americans from certain due process violations.
Under Illinois law police officers can be held liable for their actions. For example, Illinois law allows compensation for damages due to willful and wanton conduct, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, trespass and the violation of your privacy. Foutris Law Office, Ltd. has experience in these violations of Illinois law by police officers.
Call or email Foutris Law Office, Ltd. as early as possible to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit to seek fair and just compensation for the violation of your civil rights. The firm has recovered compensation for over 95% percent of clients, and is available to assist you with your claim. Foutris Law Office, Ltd. takes all cases seriously, and fights to achieve the best possible outcome for each of its clients.
Contact a Chicago civil rights attorney to learn more about your rights and to begin work on a claim for damages when they have been violated.