Fighting for Justice and Accountability
If you have suffered from illegal police conduct or misconduct by any form of law enforcement in Connecticut, your rights may have been violated. At Garrity Traina, our dedicated team of civil rights attorneys is here to protect and advocate for you.
Standing Up Against Law Enforcement Misconduct
Our founder, A. Paul Spinella, started his civil rights practice as a young criminal defense lawyer, representing Connecticut clients who experienced illegal police behavior. Since then, Spinella & Associates has focused on law enforcement misconduct and civil rights litigation, taking on numerous cases against police departments, state marshals, correctional officials, prosecutors, state police, municipal officers, and all other law enforcement officials who abuse their power.
We understand that most law enforcement officers in Connecticut are fair and competent. However, the actions of a few can tarnish the reputation of the entire force and harm the public they are meant to serve. If you have had a negative encounter with a police officer or any form of law enforcement, you may be entitled to protection and compensation under our civil rights laws. At Garrity Traina, we are committed to ensuring that the rights of private citizens are not violated by public officials and law enforcement officers.
A Track Record of Success
Our Connecticut civil rights attorneys have achieved significant jury verdicts and secured numerous settlements in cases involving police and municipal misconduct. We are recognized throughout the state for our experience and dedication in fighting for the rights of Connecticut citizens who have been victims of police misconduct. From our office in Hartford, we leverage federal civil rights statutes to pursue justice and deter misconduct by law enforcement officials.
Collaborating for Success
To ensure the best outcome for our clients, we work closely with criminal attorneys who do not handle official misconduct or police abuse cases themselves. Early referral of police cases is crucial in order to coordinate efforts and avoid jeopardizing successful outcomes in both criminal and civil proceedings.
Expanding Our Reach
In addition to our work in police misconduct and law enforcement cases, Spinella & Associates has broadened its practice to encompass various constitutional violations. We have taken on cases involving wrongful imprisonment, challenges to the money bail system, illegal home invasion claims, and land use litigation matters. Our successes in shaping Connecticut civil rights law include preventing jail suicide, curbing excessive use of force by police officers, ensuring the safety of prisoners in Connecticut prisons, protecting citizens from illegal searches, arrests, and stops, and exposing department-wide policies that infringe on constitutional rights.
Here are a few examples of civil rights cases successfully handled by our attorneys:
- We fought for justice on behalf of a suburban homeowner who was viciously beaten in his own home by a SWAT team without a warrant.
- We obtained a substantial verdict in a wrongful death case against a large municipality, discrediting the police officers’ claims using expert testimony.
- We secured a resolution in a wrongful imprisonment case where a young man spent 22 months in jail based on a fraudulent police warrant.
- We pursued a civil rights death case for the estate of a woman who died in her cell after being arrested and neglected while suffering from drug withdrawal.
- We represented the family of a young man who committed suicide in jail, despite pleas for help from family members.
Your Rights Matter
At Garrity Traina, we are passionate about civil rights law and believe in its profound importance in upholding civil liberties. If you need assistance with your civil rights claim, contact us at Garrity Traina or call us at 860 728-4900. Our Connecticut lawyers are here to support you and fight for justice.