Police misconduct occurs throughout this country, as so many tragic news stories have revealed. The Helbraun Law Firm zealously advocates for people who have been injured by law enforcement officers and by the institutions that prevent police accountability.. For too long, misconduct by so-called peace officers has gone unchecked. The Helbraun Law Firm stands with you in solidarity and support of your constitutional rights. If you or a loved one has been harmed by police misconduct, call our firm at (415) 982-4000 to speak with an experienced California civil rights attorney.
Police conduct is governed by the state and federal constitution, as well as various state laws and police department policies. Despite the clear rules that govern them, many police officers believe there will be no consequences when they break the rules. . Some common forms of police misconduct include:
Unlawful detention occurs when law enforcement restricts a person’s freedom to leave without a legal justification. This form of misconduct is a violation of a person’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches or seizures. Supreme Court precedent says that the length of even an initially justifiable detention must be reasonable, based on all of the particular circumstances. Detentions can only last as long as necessary to determine whether someone has likely committed a crime. Continued detention of a person without a factual basis to believe a crime has occurred ise unlawful, and can be the basis of a civil rights claim against the police.
Unfortunately, our country has a deplorable history of police brutality and excessive force. For this reason, California lawmakers have established laws regarding the use of force by police officers. These laws state:
Sadly, many people have been victimized by police brutality or the use of excessive force, including individuals subjected to baton strikes, canine attacks, repeated physical blows, or police shootings. Our firm helps victims hold police departments accountable for such unlawful actions.
Racial profiling is the discriminatory practice by law enforcement of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based solely on their race, ethnicity, or national origin. Racial profiling may implicate an improper, unwritten, custom or practice condoned by upper management, forming the basis for a claim not only against individual officers but against the entire department, as well.
Police may falsely arrest a person when they:
Being arrested can be a terrifying experience, especially when you have done nothing to deserve it. Our firm can fight to protect your rights following such illegal action.
Police may sometimes use canines to seize a person by force or to conduct narcotics or explosives searches. They may detain a driver for a prolonged and unreasonable amount of time so that they can bring a narcotics dog to the stopped automobile. Theymay command the dog to attack someone and prolong the attack, although such action is not necessary under the circumstances. These inappropriate actions can subject the officer, and possibly, the agency, to claims against them.
Unscrupulous police officers may use their authority to sexually harass, coerce, or assault people they interact with, including women, or gay or transgender victims.
How an Attorney Will Help You Through Your Police Misconduct Case
An experienced civil rights attorney will know the relevant laws and procedures to advance your claim. Your lawyer can:
Additionally, your lawyer can answer any questions you have and explain the remedies available to you.
When you are up against powerful governmental entities with seemingly unlimited resources, you will want to better balance the scales by having a strong advocate in your corner. David M. Helbraun has successfully tried police misconduct cases to a unanimous jury verdict and has helped hold law enforcement agencies accountable for reprehensible conduct that would have othwrwise gone unchecked. We have over 20 years of experience representing victims of police misconduct and can leverage our considerable experience to successfully fight for your rights.
Attorney David M. Helbraun at the Helbruan Law Firm in San Francisco emphasize litigation and conflict resolution in the areas of legal malpractice, civil rights & police misconduct and insurance & tort litigation.
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