Orlando Civil Rights Lawyer
If you’ve picked up the newspaper or turned on the television recently, you know that sometimes cops shoot when they shouldn’t. You’ve probably also seen a lawyer representing the victim’s family leading the charge for justice. That’s because civil lawsuits and legal action are sometimes the best or only way to hold police officers accountable for their behavior and to force police departments to change their policies, procedures, training and protocols to better protect the civil rights of the people they are sworn to serve. Orlando civil rights lawyer Mark O’Mara and the O’Mara Law Group are dedicated and committed to leading the way to justice after false arrests, unlawful police shootings, jail beatings or negligence and other civil rights violations of arrestees and inmates in Orange County.
The attorneys at the O’Mara Law Group provide sensitive, skilled representation in the face of any Florida civil rights violation by law enforcement, including:
Unnecessary use of force – Police officers are authorized to use reasonable force when making an arrest. They are also trained (or should be trained) to use as little force as necessary, or to avoid force altogether whenever possible. The unreasonable or unnecessary use of force is police brutality. It’s against the law, and victims can use the courts to seek compensation for their damages and hold bad cops accountable for their behavior.
False arrest – The police must have valid grounds to make an arrest. Generally, they need a warrant or probable cause to believe you committed a crime. Too often, however, police end an escalating encounter simply by making an arrest and deciding later what the charges should be. When it’s your story versus theirs about what went down, you need a smart, successful attorney on your side who can make sure your story gets told and the truth comes out.
Illegal searches – The 4th Amendment to the US Constitution recognizes the right of the people to be secure in their “persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Searches should be based on a warrant or probable cause, or a reasonably articulable suspicion in certain circumstances. Searches must be justified at their inception and in their scope as the search proceeds. Illegal searches and confiscations violate your civil rights.
Jail injury/death – Arrestees, detainees and inmates are at the mercy of jail employees while incarcerated and dependent on them for their health and safety, including access to medical care and protection from assault. Too often, arrestees or inmates in medical distress are simply ignored by their custodians until serious, irreversible consequences have occurred. From simple negligence to outright abuse, assault and cruel and unusual punishment, people have been known to be seriously injured or even killed while in custody. Civil action can bring the facts to light about what happened, bring justice and compensation to victims and their families, and ensure better practices are in place to protect others in the future.
Section 1983 Claims
A federal law found at 42 USC 1983 authorizes private persons to seek money damages from the government when they are deprived of their civil rights under the US Constitution or federal law by persons acting under “color of law.” Section 1983 claims are an important and powerful tool to redress civil rights violations, but they typically involve complex legal questions regarding issues such as “qualified immunity,” “state actors,” “clearly established rights,” “collateral estoppel” and “res judicata.” The O’Mara Law Group has the highly-qualified team necessary to build a strong case under section 1983 or other federal and Florida civil rights laws.
Stand Up for Your Rights. Our Orlando Civil Rights Lawyers will Help.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of civil rights violations at the hands of law enforcement in Orange County, contact the Orlando civil rights attorneys at the O’Mara Law Group for a free consultation regarding your potential claims against the government.