Attorney Allain Marain

Suing Police for Use of Excessive Force (Police Brutality)

Excessive force by police

Excessive force by police (also known as “police brutality”) consists of use of force greater than amount of force police reasonably believe needed to deal with the situation at hand. Excessive force by police can range anywhere from a simple assault to death. Police use of excessive force (or police brutality), in and of itself, is not a defense to a criminal charge. Police use of excessive force does, however, give rise to a law suit against the police. And it may be relevant in determining whether the arrested individual is actually guilty of what he is charged with.

Excessive force can support a law suit under New Jersey law, under federal law, or both. The New Jersey foundation can arise under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. Another New Jersey foundation is the New Jersey Constitution itself. The federal foundation is the United States Civil Rights Act. The statutory reference for that Act is 42 U.C.S. Section 1983.

Excessive force (police brutality) cases are not easy cases. They take a long time and they are typically defended vigorously. Increasingly, however, video showing police use of excessive force enables victims to prove their case.

In terms of attorney's fees, police excessive force cases are expensive. However various laws specify that a successful plaintiff can recover his legal fees from the government. This “fee shifting” often puts suing the police economically within reach where, without it, legal fees would be prohibitive.

Law Offices of Allan Marain Counsellors at Law handle excessive force / police brutality cases. They are selective in what excessive force cases they will accept because of their need for high confidence of an eventual successful outcome. Law Offices of Allan Marain Counsellors at Law routinely consider excessive force issues in the criminal defense matters they handle. Regardless, if you have an excessive force claim, Law Offices of Allan Marain Counsellors at Law would welcome the opportunity to review your situation.

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