Q: Do i have to deal wuth crimunal charhes b4 i can charge jail with use of excessive force?
A: Short answer is no as presumably these are 2 separate incidents. That said, you should try to involve an attorney or group of attorneys who will work together on both incidents in order to provide you the best outcome. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and search for criminal defense/civil rights/1983 lawyers in your area and contact a few of them----many give free, no obligation first meetings on these type cases----I know my firm does----so take them up on it and hire the one (or ones) with whom you are most comfortable. Good luck.
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