Section 1983 Suits
42 U.S.C. § 1983 / Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights
I have dedicated my career to fighting for the rights of the accused. Most often, that means defending people against criminal charges. But sometimes, an individual finds they have been deprived of their civil rights, and the only remedy is to file suit against the government.
The U.S. Code is the compilation of federal statutes of the United States. One section of the U.S. Code spells out remedies for certain violations of civil rights.
It is written as “42 U.S.C. § 1983 – Civil action for deprivation of rights” and is often referred to as “Section 1983.” The law was originally enacted as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 nearly 150 years ago.
The Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee us a great many rights, and Section 1983 lawsuits can be based on the deprivation of any number of these rights. But in practice the most common basis for these lawsuits is an allegation of police misconduct, such as an illegal search or the use of excessive force. Section 1983 lawsuits often allege on the part of law enforcement:
- Wrongful imprisonment
- Physical injury during incarceration
- False arrest
A successful § 1983 lawsuit must demonstrate that someone acting under legal authority, or the pretense of authority, deprived the plaintiff of rights, privileges, or immunities guaranteed by law. Individuals and entities may be liable under Section 1983 for violating a person’s rights, but some, such as judges and legislators, are immune.
If you feel your rights may have been violated by the police or any other authority, please call me. These days, it happens all too often. I am privileged to play a role in holding government agents accountable for their actions and helping protect the civil rights of the people.
If you’re going to take on the authorities for their misconduct, you need a hardworking and quick-thinking civil rights attorney on your side. Please call me, Jordan Redavid, at Redavid Law PLLC, so that I can get to work defending your rights.
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