Fighting for Civil Rights: Help From A Michigan Discrimination Lawyer
The authorities have an obligation to treat all citizens equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, or any other factor. While the majority of officers maintain this responsibility faithfully, there are some who often violate the legal rights of numerous civilians while undermining the legitimacy of the policing system. Marko Law is dedicated to keeping law enforcement fair, effective, and trustworthy. By holding officers accountable in unlawful arrest, apprehension, and other violation situations, we send a message that discriminatory actions will not be accepted.
Having won dozens of jury trials and millions for our clients, we are well-known and respected as one of the leading civil rights firms in Michigan. Civil rights legislation is our specialty and we work with individual clients, in addition to groups (in class actions) of people whose civil rights have been violated.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees every American citizen specific civil rights and personal freedoms. 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 area and have many years 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 necessary to show that they violated their authority in one of the following ways:
- Arrest Without Cause– One of the most prevalent claims in unlawful arrest cases is that the police 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 observed you committing a misdemeanor or felony offense. If we can prove that a police officer did not have good reason to believe you had committed a crime, that police officer is guilty of arresting you without probable cause.
- Excessive Force– If an officer seriously injured you during the apprehension, they are guilty of using excessive force. This charge does not depend upon their purpose for apprehending you. Even if they had good reason to detain you, they are not warranted in using any level of force to do so.
Marko Law has a clear sense of what constitutes probable cause, what level of force is reasonable, as well as other vital factors in unlawful arrest cases.
We routinely handle a wide variety of civil rights cases, including:
- Unlawful arrest and/or wrongful conviction
- Police misconduct and brutality
- Unlawful search and seizures
- Unconstitutional jail conditions
- Hate crimes
- Whistleblower legal rights and protection
- Freedom of speech and association infractions
- Voter discrimination and illegal elections practices
If you think your civil rights have been violated, we will investigate your case and skillfully advocate or litigate to protect and preserve those rights.
Have You Been Unlawfully Detained Due to Discrimination?
While in theory, all Michiganders are equal under the law, in practice, police and other law enforcement officials regularly make the race a factor in arresting, detaining, and prosecuting citizens. Marko Law pays close attention to racial discrimination cases. We analyze not only the particular circumstances of your apprehension but also the officer’s background and past actions. If we locate evidence of discrimination, we will do everything in our power to hold accountable the officer in question.
For legal support and guidance on civil rights infractions and all other offenses, contact Marko Law at (313) 777-7LAW today.