Fighting for Civil Rights: Assistance from a Michigan Discrimination Attorney
The authorities have a responsibility to treat all people equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, or any other variable. While the majority of officers maintain this obligation diligently, there are some that inevitably violate the civil rights of numerous civilians while undermining the legitimacy of the policing system. Marko Law is committed to keeping police fair, effective, and trustworthy. By holding officers accountable in unlawful arrest, detention, and other violation cases, we send a message that discriminatory behaviors will not be tolerated.
Having won dozens of jury trials and millions for our clients, we are well-known and revered as one of the leading civil rights firms in Michigan. Civil rights legislation is our specialty and we represent individual clients, along with groups (in class actions) of people whose rights have been violated.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees every American citizen certain civil rights and individual liberties. However, defending the civil rights of an individual or a group in court can be very complicated and challenging. Our lawyers are proven experts in this field and have many decades of experience in successfully advocating for the civil rights of their clients.
Examples of Wrongful or Unlawful Arrest
When accusing an officer of unlawful arrest, it is important to show that they overstepped their authority in one of the following ways:
- Arrest Without Cause– One of the most common claims in false arrest cases is that the officer violated your Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against unreasonable search and seizure. To arrest you, an officer has to either have a warrant or have witnessed you committing a misdemeanor or felony offense. If we can prove that a police officer did not have good reason to think you had committed a crime, that police officer is guilty of arresting you without probable cause.
- Excessive Force– If an officer seriously hurt you during the apprehension, they are guilty of using excessive force. This charge does not depend upon their purpose for arresting you. Even if they had good reason to detain you, they are not justified in using any amount of force to do so.
Marko Law has a clear sense of what establishes probable cause, what level of force is reasonable, as well as various other crucial factors in unlawful arrest cases.
We routinely handle a wide variety of civil rights cases, including:
- Unlawful arrest and/or wrongful conviction
- Law enforcement misconduct and brutality
- Illegal search and seizures
- Unconstitutional prison conditions
- Hate crimes
- Whistleblower legal rights and protection
- Freedom of speech and association infractions
- Voter discrimination and illegal elections practices
If you believe your civil rights have been violated, we will examine your case and skillfully advocate or litigate to defend and preserve those rights.
Have You Been Unlawfully Apprehended Because of Discrimination?
While theoretically, all Michiganders are equal under the law, in practice, police and other law enforcement officials often make the race a factor in apprehending, detaining, and prosecuting civilians. Marko Law pays close attention to racial discrimination claims. We examine not just the particular conditions of your detention, but also the officer’s background and past actions. If we discover evidence of discrimination, we will do everything in our power to hold accountable the police officer in question.