Northwest Indiana Civil Rights Lawyer
Have your civil rights been violated? Are you a victim of police misconduct? This includes wrongful arrests and excessive force in the form of police brutality and unjustified police shootings. Have you or a loved one been denied medical attention in a jail or prison?
At Guy DiMartino Law I am here to help. I represent victims whose constitutional rights have been violated.
What Are Your Civil Rights?
Our Constitution guarantees that you and I have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Since the Government's power is virtually unlimited, the first ten amendments to the Constitution was written to protect us from such times when the government decides to abuse its powers.
After dealing with King of England, the Founders of the Constitution believed that protection from the all-powerful government was so important that the first five amendments, focused on protecting the average citizen from the government.
Most law enforcement personnel (police officers, troopers, deputy sheriffs) are in public service to help citizens, there are always a few that will allow their power to go to their heads, and they will start abusing people.
Types of Civil Rights Cases I Handle
Police Brutality – Excessive Force: Law Enforcement is a dangerous business and a limited amount of force or physicality comes with the territory, but there are limits to the amount of force that the Constitution allows the Police or other Law Enforcement personnel to use depending on the circumstance. Just because a cop has the right to use force doesn't mean that he or she hasn't stepped over the line and violated a Citizen's Constitutional Rights. If Law Enforcement abuses his or her power by using excessive force, the outcome can cause death or serious injury.
“The right of the people to be secure … against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…”
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens against unlawful searches and seizures as well as police brutality. If you believe your constitutional rights have been violated, you need an experienced civil rights trial lawyer on your side.
Prisoner Rights – Deliberate Indifference: In America, we incarcerate a lot of people. Some statistics estimate over 2.3 million individuals are incarcerated in Federal and State Prisons and Local Jails. This means that approximately 1 in 100 adults are locked up in a local jail or prison. Indiana has about 26,000 folks incarcerated in its prisons and another 16,500 in community corrections programs.
Prisoners' have some constitutional rights. The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution applies to inmates in Prison and an inmate is to be free from “cruel and unusual punishment.” For people incarcerated in Jails awaiting trial, the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution provides the same protections.
I represent inmates or their families in civil lawsuits arising out of confinement. These cases include:
- Jail/Prison Malpractice
- Jail Deaths
- Prison Deaths
- Deliberate Indifference to a Serious Medical Need
- Excessive Force
- Failure to Protect
- Wrongful Death