Civil Lawsuits Over Government Misconduct
U.S. Citizens benefit from critical constitutional protections that safeguard their right to free speech, due process, and protection against discrimination, harassment, and unlawful search and seizure. However, there are instances when the government exceeds its boundaries. When your rights are violated by the government or its representatives, you have the opportunity to seek justice and compensation for your losses.
If you believe that a government entity has violated your civil rights, the Phoenix attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC are here to assist you. We are a well-respected Criminal and Civil Trial Law Firm known for our commitment to defending the rights, freedoms, and futures of clients throughout Arizona.
Why Choose MayesTelles PLLC?
- Extensive Track Record: We have successfully handled thousands of cases.
- Client-focused Approach: Our award-winning trial lawyers and former prosecutors have recovered millions in compensation for our clients.
- Unmatched Experience: With over 100 years of combined experience, our team is well-equipped to handle even the most complex cases.
To discuss your civil rights case, call (602) 428-7104 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorneys.
Civil Rights Cases We Handle
Backed by our team’s vast experience, including former prosecutors and skilled Civil Trial and Criminal Attorneys, we have an in-depth understanding of the laws that govern government entities. We possess the strategies required to effectively fight for justice on behalf of the wrongfully accused, prosecuted, and discriminated individuals.
At MayesTelles, we handle a wide range of civil rights cases, including:
- Wrongful Arrest & Incarceration
- Police Brutality / Excessive Force
- Police Shootings
- Police & Prosecutor Misconduct
- Discrimination & Harassment
Civil Rights FAQ
What Are “Civil Rights” Cases?
Civil rights cases encompass a broad spectrum of litigation involving individuals who allege that their civil rights have been violated by the government, a public entity, or another party, such as an employer. These cases often involve instances where the government fails to adhere to its legal obligations, resulting in damages suffered by victims and their loved ones. Plaintiffs in civil rights cases may present claims related to police and prosecutorial misconduct, police brutality, unlawful profiling or discrimination, privacy or due process violations, and more.
How Will I Know if I Have a Civil Rights Case?
Determining whether you have a potential civil rights case relies on the specific circumstances surrounding your situation. Civil rights claims are complex and fact-dependent. Generally, if your basic freedoms and constitutional rights have been infringed upon, including your right to due process during stops, investigations, and criminal charges, you may have a viable case.
If you believe your rights have been violated or are uncertain about whether you or a loved one might have a civil rights case, our experienced attorneys provide free consultations. We encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers about your unique situation.
Do I Have a Case for Police or Prosecutorial Misconduct?
Matters involving alleged police or prosecutorial misconduct account for some of the most common civil rights claims. Although specifics may vary, some examples include:
- Excessive Force: Law enforcement officers are authorized to use force during investigations, detentions, and arrests. However, this use of force must be within the boundaries of the law and reasonable. If officers exceed these limits, they may have violated your rights.
- Unlawful Arrest: Police must adhere to various laws and procedural rules when enforcing the law, including the requirement of reasonable suspicion and probable cause when stopping, searching, and arresting suspects. Failures to meet these requirements may result in evidence exclusion, case dismissals, overturned convictions, and potential civil claims for civil rights violations.
- Wrongful Conviction: Prosecutors also have obligations when bringing charges against defendants. Violations of a defendant’s due process rights, along with evidence planting, coerced confessions, and other forms of misconduct during arrests and investigations, can lead to wrongful convictions and incarceration. In such cases, potential civil rights claims may arise. Our team, which includes former criminal prosecutors, understands the boundaries that should not be crossed.
Call (602) 428-7104 to Discuss Your Case
At MayesTelles PLLC, we practice both criminal and civil law, granting us valuable insight and resources to handle various civil rights cases. If you have any questions regarding a potential claim and the rights and options available to you for seeking justice, don’t hesitate to contact our firm for a free case evaluation.