Florida Police Misconduct Attorney
Police serve a very important function in our society, and in turn, we give them great power. Of course, with great power comes great responsibility. Sadly, this responsibility is too often abused, and police brutality and police misconduct are everywhere in the news. We see examples of abuse of power and wrongful arrests nearly every week. If you are a victim of police misconduct, the scars of this experience can stay with you emotionally, physically, and on your criminal record. However, you could hold the abusive police officers accountable through legal action.
If you need an attorney to represent you in your Florida police misconduct case, look no further than Rodal Law. With years of civil litigation experience under our belts, clients choose Rodal Law to represent them in their police misconduct cases for our passion, resources, and personalized attention.
- Unlike other firms, you work directly with a lawyer when you choose Rodal Law. We will never pass your case off to a paralegal.
- We have litigated over 500 civil cases in federal court, and more than 500 cases in Florida state court.
- At Rodal Law, we have the resources necessary to conduct an in-depth and thorough investigation into your police misconduct case.
Different Types of Police Misconduct
While the majority of law enforcement officers uphold and honor the laws they are sworn to protect, police misconduct and police abuse occurs at an alarming rate. When police officers act in an inappropriate or dishonorable way, you can suffer serious harm—and we want to hold these officers accountable. Police misconduct can involve multiple actions.
- Fake or forged evidence
- Intimidation or coercion
- Racial profiling
- Sexual abuse, assault, or misconduct
- Unlawful searches and seizures
- Police shootings or stun gun abuse
- Excessive force or police brutality
- Abuse of surveillance technology
- Failure to intervene in an instance of misconduct
- Malicious prosecution or false arrest
- Lying or fabrication of reports
Your Civil Rights Against Police Misconduct
All police officers have the responsibility to uphold the Constitution, the laws of the municipality, the state, and the federal government. Police misconduct directly violates the United States Constitution and federal law.
The Fourth Amendment protects you against illegal searches, seizures, and police brutality, meaning, police officers cannot arrest you without probable cause or search you without a warrant. Police officers cannot use excessive force or act in violence without reason. In addition, the Constitution protects you against retaliation from law enforcement—police officers cannot make a false arrest based on corrupt premises.
Another major type of police misconduct is discriminatory arrests or racial profiling. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, police officers cannot profile or discriminate against you based on race, sex, religion, color, or national origin. If an officer stops you without any cause other than a discriminatory and baseless one, you can hold him or her accountable.
Potential Damages in Police Misconduct Lawsuits
Depending on the type of police misconduct you experience, you could sustain serious emotional and physical damages. If a police officer or law enforcement officer injures you, you could find yourself with high medical bills and lost wages for recovery time. You can suffer damage to your reputation, leading to loss of future earnings or a loss of quality of life. Whatever damages you suffer, you can recover compensation for them in a police misconduct lawsuit.
Rodal Law represents victims of police abuse and excessive force on a contingency fee basis, meaning, we only get paid if you get paid. You pay nothing out of pocket. In Florida civil court, you can claim both economic and non-economic damages related to the police misconduct. Economic damages refer to tangible, out of pocket expenses, such as medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and legal fees. Non-economic damages, or pain and suffering damages, include damages you cannot easily calculate that relate to the physical and emotional pain you experienced. They can include emotional anguish, post-traumatic stress disorder, a loss of quality of life, disability, and depression.
If you were a victim of police misconduct in Florida, you have legal options available – and Rodal Law is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at our Ft. Lauderdale offices and learn more about how we can proceed with your case.