Police Brutality Lawyers In South Jersey
New Jersey and Pennsylvania citizens trust their local, state and federal police to protect their citizens. Most police serve their communities with the utmost respect and with the proper concern between making sure criminals are properly apprehended and that and all laws are honored. Police do have broad discretion when it comes to carrying out their obligations. But sometimes police cross the line.
Sometimes they use force when it’s unwarranted or arrest people without proper grounds. Laymen know this misconduct as police misconduct or even police brutality. Lawyers focus on whether the police violated the citizen’s constitutional rights. Constitutional rights include the right to peaceably assemble, the right that searches and seizures be reasonable and that warrants are supported by probable cause. Force cannot be excessive or unreasonable.
Our Attorneys’ Experience
At Garber Law, our lawyers have direct experience in working with the police and in prosecuting the police in Camden County and throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Attorney Paul D. Santangini, was a former deputy attorney general at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice.
He knows which police conduct is permissible and which isn’t. He knows the difference between intimidation and improper force. He knows when arrests are false. He has experience with proper police training. And he has obtained successful results. Mostly, he knows that civil rights cases against police officers are an uphill battle that often come down to a person’s credibility.
Mr. Santangini investigates, prepares and understands the law. He will aggressively argue on your behalf. Each client’s case is different. Paul will give your case the individual attention it deserves. He will bring your case in the right court (federal or state) at the right time. He will anticipate the police officer’s defenses and aggressively fight to prove your claim.
Examples Of Police Misconduct Claims
- False arrest
- False imprisonment
- Illegal searches
- Planting evidence
- Ethnic and racial profiling
- Excessive force
Federal And State Law
The Civil Rights Act was enacted in 1871. It can be found in Title 42, Section 1983 of the U.S. Code. Willful violations of the U.S. Constitution or federal laws by officers acting on behalf of the state or federal government are usually addressed here. New Jersey and Pennsylvania have their own agencies for processing civil rights claims.
Civil rights actions are brought against police officer who violate your rights for many different reasons. One reason is to stop the officer from continuing the wrong. Another reason is to make the victim whole – to put the victim in the same legal and physical position as he/she was before the wrong. In these lawsuits, the damages include payment for medical bills, punitive damages and attorney fees.
Contact Our Police Misconduct Lawyers Today
Garber Law takes pride in thinking outside of the box. When you have been physically injured, your legal rights have been jeopardized or you just suspect the police crossed the line, contact the criminal defense lawyers at Garber Law today online or by phone at 856-281-1292.
We try cases in New Jersey, including Camden County, Mercer County and Burlington County. We also try cases in Pennsylvania, including Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County and Chester County.