Chicago Excessive Force Lawyer
Did the Police Use Excessive Force During Arrest?
The use of excessive force during an arrest is a direct violation of a
citizen’s Fourth Amendment Rights. Police officers should never
exert force toward a person unnecessarily. The law offers several protective
measures to keep citizens safe and free from police misconduct. Unfortunately,
officers are not always as keen on the laws.
This is why it is so important to have a legal representative who does
understand the laws and can help assert
your legal rights.
The Law Office of Steven Fine is a former prosecutor with over two decades
of experience. Call us at any time – 24/7!
When is it, "Excessive Force?"
You might have a civil claim against the police force if an officer or
group of officers caused you injury due to excessive force. If an officer
violates your rights during arrest, for example, it can invalidate the
evidence uncovered in a criminal investigation.
Officers do have the right to use force if it is necessary during an arrest
or to provide defense. It is when the force is done unnecessarily, such
as when the suspect is not showing any form of aggressive behavior. As
the individual who is pursuing the claim, you have the burden of proving
that law enforcement was liable for the injuries or emotional distress.
The claim may include the following:
- The officer acted outside the standards necessary for arrest
- The officer’s conduct was outrageous, reckless, or dangerous
- The officer intended to inflict distress or injury onto the victim
- The victim was injured or suffered emotionally due to the officer’s actions
Filing a Claim for Excessive Force
contacting a Chicago criminal defense attorney, you can have an ally on your side to investigate your case and determine
culpability of the police officers involved. Remember—even if you
have been charged with a crime or are facing another criminal accusation,
you still have rights. We are here to protect them and make sure that
your voice is still appropriately heard in the court of law.
To request a
free case consultation, please call (312) 436-0638.