Police Brutality/Excessive Force
The Firm offers a variety of services in cases where individuals have suffered serious injuries resulting from police brutality and excessive force in New Jersey. Our Firm is equipped with two former prosecutors outfitted with the behind-the-scenes knowledge that can only be gained from long careers in law enforcement. When law enforcement officials intentionally, willfully and negligently violate their procedures and/or the law and an individual is seriously injured, Schiller McMahon acts as counsel to victims of such unlawful actions.
Our New Jersey Police Brutality Attorneys are comprised of two former Assistant Prosecutors armed with a vast and in-depth knowledge of the laws and standards surrounding arrests for suspected criminal activity. We have substantial trial experience with captivating results.
In most cases, personal injury actions related to excessive force or police misconduct require notice of the claim by the victim to be made within 90 days of the occurrence. Failure to file notice within this time frame may preclude a victim from being able to file a personal injury lawsuit for injuries sustained at the hands of a corrupt police officer.
Not all scenarios rise to the required level of police misconduct that allow individuals to bring claims against a public entity, police department and/or individual officer. However, individuals that suffer serious injuries at the hands of law enforcement may be entitled to recover monetary damages for pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills, loss of income, and loss of consortium.
In addition, if a victim has spent considerable time in custody without legal justification, he/she is entitled to receive monetary relief for each day that they have been denied their constitutionally protected right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Punitive damages, which are intended to punish the wrongdoer, are also available in certain actions where an official has acted in willful and wanton disregard of your rights.
Potential claims in these types of cases include actions under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, negligence, intentional and/or negligent infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution and deprivation of rights under the New Jersey Constitution. In addition, Schiller McMahon acts as victim advocates in cases where a public entity and/or official has violated the New Jersey Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights (N.J.S.A. 52:4B-36).
If you have been seriously injured by law enforcement, you likely have been arrested and charged with criminal offenses related to the arrest. Our firm offers comprehensive legal representation in these situations, as our attorneys are also experienced criminal defense lawyers. Schiller McMahon provides free consultations at our office to discuss the specific facts of your case. In some situations, it may be in your best interest to retain our firm to represent your interests, in both the civil and criminal matters.