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Title 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 allows citizens to hold the government and its employees accountable for constitutional misconduct. In fact, Section 1983 lawsuits are often the only way citizens can recover from abusive state, county, and city officials.

Common Section 1983 actions include:

  • Excessive Force: claims against law enforcement officers who engage in police brutality or unreasonably use deadly force
  • False Arrest: claims against law enforcement officers who abuse their arrest and detention powers
  • Unlawful Search & Seizure: claims against law enforcement officers who unlawfully search you, your vehicle, or your home
  • Failure to Intervene: claims against law enforcement officers who failed to prevent or purposely ignored other officers' misconduct
  • Freedom of Speech: claims against public employers that punish or wrongfully terminate their employees when they speak out on a matter of public concern

You may be entitled to financial compensation if your constitutional rights were violated.

Depending on the type of misconduct and the degree of abuse, financial compensation may include:

  • General damages: compensation for pain and suffering, psychological trauma, and a decrease in the quality of your life
  • Special damages: compensation for past and future lost wages, medical bills, and other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Punitive damages: financial punishment that is intended to discourage the future misconduct of officials who act with malice or reckless indifference to constitutional rights

Contact Thomas C. Hallock if you need a skilled and committed civil rights attorney in Chicago.
Call the defense lawyer at (888) 412-3741.

HELPFUL TIPS FROM ME TO YOU

HOW TO PROPERLY EXERCISE YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

What You Should Do

  • Be respectful at all times.
  • Calmly record the interaction.
  • Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think—and the judge may agree—that the interaction was consensual.
  • If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, respectfully but firmly ask to speak with your lawyer.

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not physically resist arrest.
  • Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
  • Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
  • Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.

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