Ready To Protect Your Rights When Police Act Improperly

Police misconduct claims may include false arrest, illegal search or seizure, malicious prosecution, excessive use of force and police brutality, and other civil rights violations. Suing police is not easy because they have qualified immunity: they ordinarily may not be sued if their actions were "reasonable" or in good faith. Sometimes, to recover damages, it is necessary not just to sue the individual police officer, but the city that employs him. A municipality may be held liable if it is guilty of inadequate training, supervision or discipline of police or for requiring or encouraging police to enforce unconstitutional customs or policies.

Law Offices of Joel B. Rudin, P.C., is expert in bringing lawsuits concerning abuses in our criminal justice system, having successfully defended criminal cases and prosecuted police misconduct and civil rights lawsuits for 35 years. We have won settlements in wrongful prosecution lawsuits well into seven figures, including a settlement in 2017 of $15.45 million, as well as large settlements in many other false arrest, wrongful prosecution and excessive force cases.

We Take Most Civil Rights Cases On A Contingency Fee Basis

We aggressively protect the rights of people who have been wrongfully treated by law enforcement officers. When you contact us, if your case appears to have legal merit, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances. If we accept your case, we will generally seek monetary compensation for you by filing a civil lawsuit, either in state or in federal court, seeking monetary damages for the harm you have suffered. Most such cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will not have to advance any of the fees or costs of the litigation and the law firm will be paid only if the case ends in a success.

We handle police misconduct litigation involving all types of wrongful conduct, including:

  • False arrest, police brutality and other abuses during the arrest process — We will help you seek compensation for injuries resulting from beatings, shootings, and other excessive or unjustified use of force, illegal searches, stop-and-frisks, unlawful detentions, and false arrests without probable cause.
  • Abuse by detectives during investigations and prosecutions — We handle cases involving malicious prosecution resulting in wrongful conviction or false imprisonment, coercion or bribery of witnesses, unlawful withholding of evidence and police manufacturing of false "evidence."

Contact Our Office

Our lawyers will consult with anyone who has been a victim of police misconduct in order to determine whether to handle the case. We represent clients in New York City and throughout New York. We frequently handle cases referred by other attorneys. Contact us by e-mail or call 212-752-7600.