New Jersey Civil Rights Attorneys
The law is intended to be blind. The law is supposed to be impartial, and it is to treat people on the merits based on the law. We, the people, are protected by virtue of our civil rights.
Individuals have federal civil rights which are codified in the United States Constitution and laid out in various federal statutes including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Individuals are also protected by state civil rights, which are codified in the state constitution and laid out in various state statutes.
Those civil rights, some of which are your First Amendment, freedom of speech; your right to petition your government for grievances; your right to be safe from unreasonable searches and seizures of your property or your home; your due process rights; to not have your life or your freedom or your property taken away from you without due process of law; your rights under the 14th Amendment Equal Protection; to not have yourself be treated differently because your African American or you’re Latin, or you’re gay, or you’re a woman. These rights are protected by the United States Constitution and under the state law.
Civil rights cases are often very difficult. Since you are dealing with the government, there are many immunities, exceptions, and privileges that protect the actions of government officials. The government is essentially playing with other people’s money when defending these cases. They are playing with house money, so to speak. Our money. And you are going to need an attorney with that financial wherewithal, experience, and intelligence to prosecute your civil rights case.
At the end of the day, resolving these cases; whether it’s employment, labor, discrimination, or civil rights, comes down to your representation. If you do not have a trial lawyer, if the threat of victory at trial is not there, it is less likely that you will resolve your case for what it is worth. If you can’t get up on your feet and convince a jury and convince a judge, you’re never resolving anything, because people will know that they can always run you over.
At Schiller McMahon, we are trial attorneys. Our lawyers can get up in front of a judge and jury and persuade people to reach the outcome that’s beneficial to our client.
Most often a civil rights case is about police misconduct. So, who better to handle the case than former prosecutors, who are versed with the way that police officers are supposed to handle themselves when interacting with the public. Our attorneys have dealt with police officers for years as assistant prosecutors, which makes our firm uniquely qualified to prosecute your civil rights case and ultimately achieve a desirable outcome. Since we know exactly what the police are supposed to do and not supposed to do, civil rights cases come naturally to us in terms of seeing what the police did wrong (how they violated your civil rights) and exposing their misconduct.
You can file lawsuits for civil rights violations oftentimes in federal or state court. With discussion and feedback from the client, our lawyers will help choose the appropriate venue for your case based on our experience, training, and knowledge of which jurisdictions and which venues tend to have the judges and juries that are most conducive to an outcome that benefits your case.
Our goal in all civil rights cases, obviously, is maximum recovery for the client. But our goal is also to remediate and end the practice or misconduct that led to the civil rights violation in the first place. Our law firm wants to benefit society as well as fairly and adequately compensate our client for whatever harm they suffered.
Since your time to file is limited we urge you to contact our office today to discuss your case.