New York Civil Rights Lawyer
Dedicated Lawyer Protecting the Civil Rights of Citizens in New Jersey and New York
We look to lawmakers and law enforcement to protect our rights, but what happens when government actors themselves are the ones violating our rights? Situations like these when you are victimized by the police can make you feel the most powerless of all, because you don’t know where you can turn for help. The place to turn to is a lawyer who knows your rights and is not afraid to stand up to law enforcement or other government agencies and seek justice on your behalf. New York civil rights lawyer Linda Kenney Baden is a strong voice for the civil rights of citizens in New Jersey and New York. Call our office if you believe your civil rights have been violated.
Section 1983 Claims for Violations of Civil Rights
A federal law known as Section 1983 gives individuals the right to sue the government for money damages if they are deprived of their civil rights under the U.S. Constitution or federal laws by a person acting “under color of law.” Federal civil rights laws include laws such as the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Constitutional civil rights include rights such as the protection against unreasonable search and seizure, or the requirement of probable cause before an arrest.
Section 1983 is a powerful tool against government misconduct, but these cases are often very complex. Some of the more complicated issues typically involved include:
- Was the perpetrator a state actor?
- Did the perpetrator have immunity or qualified immunity?
- Were the rights which were violated “clearly established”?
- Technical legal issues such as collateral estoppel and res judicata
We are knowledgeable and experienced in civil rights matters and can navigate your case successfully through these legal issues.
Fighting Civil Rights Violations in New Jersey and New York
State laws such as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the New York Human Rights Law also protect individual civil rights by prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Actions can also be brought against the government for unlawful law enforcement misconduct. The Law Office of Linda Kenney Baden can help you obtain justice if you were victimized by any of the following:
- Shot or hurt by police, excessive force, police brutality
- Unreasonable search & seizure
- Falsely arrested, falsely accused
- Racial profiling, malicious prosecution
- Deprivation of rights, neglect, or cruel and unusual punishment in prisons and jails, including private prisons in New Jersey
Stand up for Your Civil Rights in New York and New Jersey – Linda Kenney Baden will Stand with You
If you believe that your civil rights were violated in New York or New Jersey by government officials or others, contact the Law Office of Linda Kenney Baden to end injustice and seek compensation for the harm done to you. Call our New York civil rights lawyer at 732-219-7770.