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Frequently Asked Questions on Civil Rights in NYC

Insight from a Bronx Civil Rights Attorney

Do you feel like your rights have been violated? Are you unsure of how to protect these rights or take legal action against offenders? The good news is that you do not have to navigate this time on your own or figure out all the answers without counsel. Our Bronx civil rights attorney can provide the insight and support you need.

For immediate answers, look through our FAQ section below. If you have more pressing questions, contact The Law Offices of Goldman & Associates today to receive further information. We offer free consultations.

What are my civil rights?

Under the protection of the U.S. Constitution, your rights include the following:

  • Freedom of speech, religion, and assembly
  • Right to procedural due process
  • Right to petition the government
  • Right to refuse search
  • Right to vote
  • Equal protection
  • Protecting against unlawful discrimination

If you feel like any of these have been violated, you may have a claim.

What are some examples of civil rights violations?

There are several situations that can lead to your civil rights being violated. For example, a police officer may use excessive and unreasonable force against you or falsely even arrest you for illegal reasons.

You may also experience violations in the form of discrimination in the workplace, prison abuse or neglect, malicious imprisonment, or sexual assault by a police officer.

What are my options if I feel my rights have
been violated?

If you feel your civil rights have been violated, you could file a complaint with the government, issuing an investigation of your claim to determine the best course of action. The case will be handled at either state or federal level depending on the type of civil rights violation.

After filing a complaint with the government, you may pursue a lawsuit. You must decide if your violation falls under the state or federal level before filing a complaint with the court. In your complaint, you will present facts that show how your rights were violated and any harm that these violations caused.

How much time do I have to file a claim?

After the date you feel your rights were violated, you have 180 days to file a complaint. So it is important to act quickly and consult with a knowledgeable civil rights attorney who can inform you of your options. If you try to file a claim after this window of time, you may be denied.

Should I obtain services from a civil rights attorney?

If you believe your civil rights were violated, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced Bronx civil rights attorney who can thoroughly look into and asses your claim to provide proper counsel and guidance. Your attorney can deal with the difficulties of proving a violation, rather than leaving you to carry the legal burden on your own. With a civil rights attorney protecting your best interests and utilizing their extensive knowledge of civil rights laws, you can rest assured knowing your case is in capable hands.

If you would like to discuss your case, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Goldman & Associates to speak with a seasoned Westchester and New York City civil rights lawyer today.

We proudly serve clients in the Bronx as well as Westchester and throughout New York City.