Civil Rights Questions & Answers by State

Civil Rights Questions & Answers

Q: How much can you get in a police department lawsuit for not getting your medication while incarcerated?

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Answered on Apr 29, 2016

You should meet with an attorney in your state to assess the strength and potential value of your specific case. Settlement or judgment values are unpredictable and are based on many factors, including the overall strength of the case and the extent of the injuries that you suffered.
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Q: Jasper County Missouri...What to do if an inmate is refused prescribed medication for blood pressure?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Missouri on
Answered on Apr 28, 2016

Inmates are supposed to be permitted to follow an administrative grievance process in situations such as this one to redress the situation. If the facility in which the inmate is confined has such a grievance process, failure to follow it usually means that the inmate may not bring a lawsuit to challenge the conditions of confinement.
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Q: I was a target of harassment at work 2 co - workers placed a noose on the forklift I drive and singled me out.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 27, 2016

There are lawyers from your state who advertise in your state, and there will be some who list on this website and others like it. You are looking for someone who does employment law. Depending on the facts, there are avenues to sue an employer who engages in illegal discrimination or who allows its employees to do so. You should reach out to an employment lawyer in your state for a private consultation.
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Q: Can I do a tort claim for compensation of property lost by the local police department

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for New Mexico on
Answered on Apr 26, 2016

You would need to provide more details. While a tort claim is probably not the avenue, there usually is a process for taking inventory and providing a receipt of voucher of property taken. There can be many breakdowns in that process. Alternatively, depending on the facts, the property might be subject to forfeiture. You have not provided enough facts.
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Q: Where to find a lawyer and what type of lawyer for a constitutional tort/ Biven action.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 26, 2016

You are looking for a lawyer that does plaintiff civil rights work. There are likely lawyers with profiles on this website that perform this type of work in your state. You can contact them directly to set up a private consultation.
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Q: What can I do about a ride along that was impersonating to be a officer sexually harrised and questioning me?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Arkansas on
Answered on Apr 19, 2016

You need to speak with a criminal defense attorney asap.
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Q: Can a grandmother file a US 1983 Civil Case United States Northern District Atlanta, GA. against Child Protection Servic

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 27, 2016

Unfortunately in your case, the mother has rights and there is not much you can do to stop her from moving or anything else if she has already been cleared by DFACs. If the father has not legitimated you grandson, then you have no rights and neither does he. He should really be the one taking the lead here as the father.
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Q: What can I do if someone keeps coming into my yard and destroying and/or taking my political signs??

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 26, 2016

File a police report. That is trespassing and theft by taking. Post signs for no trespassing/private property, and also consider installing some cameras so that you can find out who the culprits are and turn that evidence over to the police.
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Q: Completed a 3 year sentence in doc and just won my appeal in new Mexico court of appeals what actions can I take

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Criminal Law for New Mexico on
Answered on Mar 19, 2016

You should consult with an attorney. What options you have will depend on many facts, which you have not provided here. For example, you may be contemplating bringing a civil rights lawsuit. You do not automatically have a case just because your conviction was overturned after you served some amount of time. Whether you have a civil rights lawsuit will depend on whether there were individuals, such as law enforcement officials, who violated your rights by acting in a manner that they knew...
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Q: Are there any cases where the municipal entity was found liable for the misconduct of it's police?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Mar 19, 2016

Municipalities are not automatically liable for civil rights violations committed by their officers. Municipal entities may be held liable for civil rights violations carried out by their officers if those violations were done pursuant to an official policy or pattern of practice.
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Q: Illegal Search and Seizure of fiancee's home after police killed innocent man.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for California on
Answered on Mar 19, 2016

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. You should definitely consult with a local attorney, understanding that in civil rights lawsuits, police officers receive a great deal of legal deference when they face individuals brandishing firearms. Whether the subsequent search and seizure were illegal will depend on many facts not apparent from your question. The warrant should be based on probable cause, and their search should have remained within the scope of the warrant. A local attorney will...
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Q: Do I have to hire lawayer from my state to file lawsuit /police corruption against the city

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights on
Answered on Mar 19, 2016

You do not have to have a lawyer to bring a lawsuit, but it is unwise to try to do so without one. A lawyer will help you evaluate whether you have a good case and will be able to properly conduct the lawsuit to your benefit. If you think you have a case, go and consult with a lawyer in your city. Many will offer free consultations.
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Q: What is the statute of limitation if your filing a civil suite if you were arrested in 2014 in the state of ga

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 11, 2016

It depends on who are you suing and for what. See: https://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/ See also the following link and if you are suing the State for something involving your arrest, then ask for an attorney that specializes in Civil Rights cases: http://www.atlantabar.org/?lrishome
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Q: As a convicted felon in Georgia can I possess an air rifle legall

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 3, 2016

You can possess no rifle.
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Q: Can I sue the state of GA for negligence and Defamation of character from a 2007 incident?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 2, 2016

Your statute of limitations has run so you are too late to file an action so just work with the State to get it cleaned up and listed as a misdemeanor.
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Q: Can I sue for my personal information being released by the attorney general office to an attorney then to an inmate?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for New Jersey on
Answered on Mar 2, 2016

Even if you could sue, what would you expect to accomplish? There are a lot more facts that would be necessary to determine if you do have a case. Good luck.
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Q: I am wondering if I can sue for company rep using my image without my permission or knowledge sell their product?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Answered on Mar 1, 2016

This is actually an intellectual property rights issue, not a personal injury or civil rights issue. Other than annoyance though, have you been harmed? Usually personality rights apply to celebrities, not people others have not heard of. One question though, how did they get your image? If you posted it online somewhere, you may have granted people a license to use it.
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Q: If you have a Simple Battery charge on your record how can you tell if it will keep you from buying guns?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Answered on Feb 29, 2016

You need to file with the Georgia Board of Corrections an application that asks them to give you your gun rights back. If there was a gun used in the Simple Battery you won't get your guns back. If not, then most likely you will.

Go to this website and you'll find the application and give you instructions:

https://pap.georgia.gov/pardons-restoration-rights
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Q: I was 16 when I was arrested for simple battery family violence in 1998 I'm 33 now. can I get a license to carry in Ga.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Answered on Feb 29, 2016

It depends on the circumstances surrounding the domestic violence. If you use a gun in that instance, then you will not be allowed to EVER carry a gun again. See:

http://www.gjp.org/page/3/?s=right+to+bear+arms&x=0&y=0
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Q: I got my house searched in Newnan ga with a warrant but it didnt say they could search my safes

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Answered on Feb 29, 2016

If they saw something suspicious then they can go beyond what the warrant says in terms of searching. If you want to challenge the search, you should hire an attorney to hire the search or most likely if they found anything illegal in that safer and you don't have someone who knows what they are doing on your side, then you be arrested.
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