Civil Rights Attorney in Chester, New York Helps Clients Pursue Justice
DEDICATED LAWYER ADVOCATES FOR VICTIMS OF MISTREATMENT IN THE ORANGE COUNTY AREA
As Americans and New Yorkers, we possess certain fundamental rights. Violations of these rights harm not only the victims but the protections that all citizens are entitled to. At Meth Law Offices, PC, I am a civil rights attorney in Chester, New York who is committed to seeing that violations of our fundamental liberties are corrected promptly and fully. Serving clients throughout the Hudson Valley, my firm is ready to pursue justice on your behalf if you have been denied rights in employment, housing or another area where individuals possess state and federal protections.
FIRM PROVIDES SOUND REPRESENTATION AGAINST VIOLATORS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES
The U.S. Constitution establishes important safeguards against misconduct by government and law enforcement. You are protected from illegal search and seizure, self-incrimination, double jeopardy, and cruel and unusual punishment. Since 1998, I have helped clients fight back against constitutional violations, such as:
- Unlawful stops — Police cannot stop a person on the street, or pull over a vehicle, without reasonable, articulable suspicion that a crime has been committed. They cannot use racial profiling to justify a stop.
- Illegal searches — During a legal stop, police have a limited right to pat down a suspect to determine if he or she has a weapon. Law enforcement officers cannot perform a warrantless search of a person or a vehicle unless exigent circumstances demand quick action. Search warrants must be supported by probable cause and limited in scope.
- False arrest — Police cannot arrest an individual without probable cause.
- Unlawful detention — You cannot be held in custody unless the police arrest you, notify you of the charge and allow you to speak to an attorney. A 2019 law eliminated pretrial detention and cash bail for most offenses.
- Police brutality — Police cannot use excessive force to make an arrest or subject suspects to abuse while in custody.
Even if you just suspect that your fundamental rights were violated, my firm will review the facts in your case and advise if a legal remedy is available.
DEDICATED LITIGATOR PROTECTS NEW YORK RESIDENTS FROM DISCRIMINATION
The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 enshrined antidiscrimination protections in federal law. New York, like many states, enacted its own civil rights laws essentially mirroring federal law. Today, these laws protect people from being discriminated against based on various factors, such as age (for people 40 and older), sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, ethnicity, nation of origin, pregnancy and disability. These laws address conduct such as sexual harassment, bullying and the denial of reasonable accommodations. The main areas these laws cover are:
- Employment — Victims of employment discrimination can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or file a civil lawsuit.
- Housing — Victims of housing discrimination can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or file a civil lawsuit.
- Education — Victims of discrimination in education can file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education or file a civil lawsuit.
Before filing any type of complaint, it’s wise to work with an experienced civil rights attorney so you can understand how the law applies in your case.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A CIVIL RIGHTS CASE?
Depending on the type of civil rights violation you’ve experienced, you can file a complaint with the appropriate agency or immediately initiate a lawsuit in state or federal court. You need to be aware of the deadlines for initiating certain types of claims. In cases against a state or city agency, a notice of complaint must be served within 90 days. Civil rights litigation can be complicated. Extensive investigation is often required to assemble evidence, yet special procedures often demand quick action. It is in your best interest to retain an attorney with an extensive background in this area.
RELIEF AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS OF CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES
There are two types of remedies for civil rights abuses. First, you can get injunctive relief. That is a court order for the defendant to end discriminatory or abusive practices. Second, you might be eligible to receive monetary damages for the harm you’ve suffered. My firm has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for clients in a wide variety of civil rights cases. I can detail the violations that occurred and pursue justice on your behalf in New York or federal court.
Contact a Chester, New York civil rights lawyer for a free initial consultation
Meth Law Offices, PC represents Hudson Valley clients in civil rights actions. Please call 845-610-6596 or contact me online for a free initial consultation. My Chester office is conveniently located at 10 Moffatt Lane, just off Routes 6 and 94.