Know Your Rights
Understanding Police Misconduct & Your Rights
Law enforcement officers are expected to uphold a certain, acceptable standard of conduct and to act within the law when performing official duties. When law enforcement officers fail to uphold their duties and infringe upon the rights of individuals, the impact can be devastating. If you or your loved one has suffered physical, emotional, and / or financial losses as the result of police misconduct, it is essential that you work with experienced attorneys who can help you understand and assert your rights.
At The Layfield Law Firm, APC, our Southern California police misconduct lawyers are equipped with the tools to effectively handle a wide range of police misconduct and brutality cases. We know our clients' rights, we are familiar with the types of miscarriages of justice committed by law enforcement agencies at all levels, and we are prepared to help our clients obtain justice and the compensation they deserve.
As knowing your rights is key to pursuing claims for police misconduct, the following information can help you better understand the rights you have:
Your Right to be Treated Fairly
You have a right to be treated fairly by law enforcement officers. As part of this fair and equitable treatment, you are protected against the following:
- Discrimination based on race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion
- Sexual assault
- Police brutality or excessive use of force, including deadly force and wrongful death
- Unconstitutional searches and seizures
- Unnecessary strip searches
- False arrest, fabrication of evidence, or false imprisonment
Your Right to Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech is established in the First Amendment of the Constitution. In regard to law enforcement contact, your freedom of speech affords you the rights to peacefully assemble and protest, as well as the right to remain silent during questioning for criminal matters.
Your Right to Pursue Legal Recourse
In addition to the various rights you possess, law enforcement officers are required to abide by the law and to act ethically. Because they hold a great deal of power and because their actions can adversely affect individuals and their futures, law enforcement officers who abuse their power must be held accountable. In order to do so, victims must file claims – or lawsuits – against the officer and / or agency in a civil court.
Your right to pursue legal recourse provides the pathways for obtaining justice and compensation for any damages you or your loved ones incurred as a result of police misconduct. These legal pathways may be available, but they can be incredibly difficult to navigate without the assistance of passionate and seasoned Los Angeles police misconduct attorneys.
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For more information about your rights, police misconduct, and whether or not you may have a valid claim, call (310) 219-6518 for a free consultation.
We represent victims and families throughout Southern California from office locations in El Segundo, Santa Monica, Riverside, Palm Springs, Newport Beach, and Ventura.