The same groups threatening our clients in criminal defense matters are also often the same groups we are dealing with when protecting our clients’ civil rights. On behalf of our civil rights clients, we file a type of lawsuit against police officers, governmental bodies and public offices to force these groups to comply with the law. These types of civil rights lawsuits are often referred to as “1983 claims.”
People across the country have used 1983 claims to fight against a number of different government wrongs. They have fought against police using excessive force, racial profiling, abuses of power and other actions taken by people who are acting for the government and law enforcement authorities.