Civil Rights Questions & Answers by State

Civil Rights Questions & Answers

Q: I have a complaint about the sheriff's department

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for New Mexico on
Answered on May 23, 2016

There are attorneys who specialize in bringing lawsuits against law enforcement officers and agencies for violations of civil rights. They may advertise as personal injury or civil rights lawyers.
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Q: Myself and others were recently illegally detained in a mental health hospital. Can this be a pro bono case?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Nevada on
Answered on May 21, 2016

Any case can be a pro bono case if you find an attorney willing to do the case for free. If you believe you have a viable lawsuit for money damages, you do not necessarily need a pro bono lawyer. Many lawyers will give free consultations, and if they assess that you have a good case they will represent you for a contingency fee (meaning they receive a percentage of any judgment or settlement, but get nothing if you get nothing).
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Q: Please I need your opinion

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, International Law and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on May 19, 2016

More information is needed to give you an answer to this question. I suggest you talk to an immigration attorney in private to set up a consultation and discuss this matter in detail. Many immigration attorneys including me offer free consultations, make use of the consultations.

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Q: Family doctor changing to fee retainer system but only for those patients 30 years and older. Is this age discrimination

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Florida on
Answered on May 15, 2016

The doctor is not the government. Therefore, assuming it's discriminatory, the doctor is allowed to discriminate unless prohibited by statute. I don't think there is a statute prohibiting such a practice.
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Q: My grandson is a special needs child. His Civil Rights are being violated by the school he attends.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Maryland on
Answered on May 12, 2016

You do not necessarily need a pro bono lawyer. What you should do is reach out to an attorney in your area for a private consultation. Many attorneys give free consultations. Moreover, many attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they are only paid a portion of any award or settlement that is obtained, and do not charge up front. A local attorney will be able to evaluate your specific situation and advise you whether you have an actionable case.
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Q: Can a NYPD Patrol Officer be civilally sued for harassment absent NYS criminal conviction for same?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for New York on
Answered on May 6, 2016
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Q: Can a lawful alien permanent resident (green hard holder) purchase a gun in Mississippi?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Immigration Law for Mississippi on
Answered on May 5, 2016

This isn't an immigration question. You will need to look directly at Mississippi's laws for purchasing and possessing firearms.
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Q: Should my friend file a case against the police/city, or against the person who wrongfully accused him of "terrorism"?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for New York on
Answered on May 5, 2016

It would depend on the facts of the case. I would need to know more such as whether he was arrested and the current status of any charges against him.
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Q: I was denied a pistol permit for being "untruthful on my application".

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for New York on
Answered on May 5, 2016

That could be a basis for denying a permit.
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Q: can i sue being i won a supreme court case?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for New York on
Answered on May 4, 2016

You do not need a pro bono lawyer. You need a lawyer who will take your case on a contingency fee basis. Just because a criminal case is overturned does not mean you have a viable lawsuit for constitutional violations. You should consult privately with a local attorney to discuss the specific facts in order to determine whether you have a case.
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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.

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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