“The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.”
Justice William J. Brennan, 1982
What Are Civil Rights?
These are rights enacted by congress to protect individuals against violations of the Ohio or United States Constitutions. This includes rights concerning physical safety, freedom from discrimination, free speech, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, and other basic human rights.
More than just a movement, these civil rights form the basis for the continuing evolution of our societal laws and social norms, and have an impact on virtually every aspect of our civilization. Specifically, these include violations by law enforcement officials such as unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, excessive force, and malicious prosecution.
Protecting Your Rights
We believe that a violation of an individual’s civil rights is among the most serious injuries a person can suffer. We have handled a number of civil rights cases in a variety of areas, including:
- Race Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- Sex and Pregnancy Discrimination
- False Arrest and Unlawful Imprisonment
- Excessive Force by Law Enforcement
- Malicious Prosecution
- Freedom of Speech
For a civil rights case, it is important to have someone represent you who knows the constitutional issues as well as Federal and State laws. Depending on the type of claim you have, there may be certain steps that need to be taken before a claim can be pursued in court. Therefore, if you think your civil rights have been violated, contact us for advice.