Civil Rights Violations

The United States Constitution, its amendments, other federal statutes and New York state laws provide many protections to ensure fair and equal treatment for ordinary citizens. Police officers, other government employees and security officers should be sufficiently trained to avoid committing civil rights violations. However, abuses of power that justify civil lawsuits occur every day, and that's where your NYC Civil Rights Lawyer comes in.

Were You Arrested For No Reason? Injured While In Police Custody?

At Apicella & Schlesinger, we fight for the rights of the injured — and the injuries in question may be financial, psychological and personal as well as physical. Although we are staunch supporters of all civil rights, our practice in this area is focused primarily on filing claims and civil lawsuits for victims of:

  • NYPD False arrest. If you have been arrested and jailed without probable cause — and then released without being charged, on bail or with an adjournment contemplating dismissal (ACD), you may have a right to recover money for the damages you have suffered.
  • Police misconduct and abuse. When NYPD officers arrest people without valid reason, injure them through brutality, and commit illegal searches and home entries, we take prompt, decisive legal action against the city.
  • Excessive force by a security officer. Many serious injuries are caused by overzealous security personnel in hotels, stores, night clubs and elsewhere. If you have been victimized, a lawsuit against that offender and his or her employer may be justified.
  • Illegal arrests and detention for shoplifting. Our attorneys hold store owners, loss prevention agents and other employees accountable when they overstep their limits in accusing and holding people who are wrongfully accused.

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The lasting consequences of many of these acts are difficult to overstate.  With more than 60 years of combined experience, we have represented numerous people who were wrongfully jailed with dangerous felons and suffered from intense fear of police. Some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD); others have suffered serious physical injuries.

You deserve justice — and that may include a substantial monetary recovery from the municipality or some other entity. Turn to us anytime for a free, no-risk consultation with a knowledgeable NYC Civil Rights attorney. We welcome inquiries from people of all races, backgrounds and economic standing, and we practice actively throughout the NYC area. Hablamos Español.