Civil Rights Lawyers in Buffalo, NY
Experienced civil rights attorneys serving Buffalo, Rochester, and Greater Western New York
The concept of civil rights forms the cornerstone of justice in the United States. From the time of the American Revolution, civil rights have served as the guiding principle behind law and order in the U.S. The U.S. Constitution and all ensuing laws are intended to protect every individual in this country from maltreatment, discrimination, and persecution.
It’s an unfortunate truth that the law is not always respected by those charged with upholding it. When law enforcement and other governmental bodies violate the civil rights of a group or individual, it’s a particularly reprehensible offense.
At the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we believe that justice should always prevail over corruption and abuse of power. Our civil rights lawyers defend clients in Western New York against all manner of civil rights violations.
If you believe your civil rights have been violated, it’s not too late to see justice served.
Understanding Civil Rights
Your civil rights are basic rights guaranteed to you. Many of these are listed in the U.S. Constitution, but others can be found in additional federal, state, and local laws.
Examples of some of the most basic U.S. civil rights include:
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom of speech
- The right to vote
- The right to assemble
- The right to an attorney
- The right to a fair and speedy trial
- Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure
Tragically, many individuals don’t possess the legal knowledge or resources to realize that their civil rights have been violated and the gravity of this offense. Instead of taking action, it can be easy to give up and accept that fighting back against bureaucracy and corruption is too difficult or even impossible.
This doesn’t have to be the case. Upholding civil rights in the U.S. requires that voices be raised when violations occur. This begins with understanding what your civil rights are and how to know when they’ve been violated.
When to Contact Civil Rights Lawyers
If you believe your civil rights have been violated, it’s best to contact civil rights lawyers immediately. A lawyer will assess the circumstances of your case and advise you on whether you have grounds for legal action.
You have nothing to lose and much to gain by involving civil rights lawyers as soon as you suspect that a civil rights violation has occurred. However, waiting to take action can be a grave mistake. Timely legal action is essential if justice is to be served.
In the state of New York, the statute of limitations on taking legal action varies based on the type of offense. Civil rights violations are particularly complicated because the timeframe for action depends on which laws were violated.
Some civil rights actions become issues for a federal court because civil rights are protected at the federal level. Civil rights issues are complex, and civil rights lawyers need time to build a case and initiate proceedings. Delaying action can rob you of the chance for justice and compensation.
Common Civil Rights Violations
The laws of the United States are intended to protect the people, but unfortunately, this is not always the outcome individuals experience. There’s no denying that in recent years, the U.S. has been forced to face the growing issues of civil rights violations head-on, especially among Black, Hispanic, and immigrant groups. Despite public outcry, the U.S. continues to have the world’s highest incarceration rate.
At the Law Office of Kenneth Hiller, we aspire to uphold the guiding tenets of U.S. law, which seek to offer fairness and freedom to all. Below are some of the most common civil rights violations occurring today in the U.S. If you’ve been the victim of any of these situations, know that you’re not alone, and justice is possible when you have dedicated civil rights lawyers fighting on your side.
Common civil rights violations that are an issue in the U.S. today include:
- Police brutality
- Excessive use of force
- Wrongful arrest
- Wrongful prosecution
- Unlawful search and seizure
- Taser abuse
- Racial profiling
If you or a loved one have been the victim of these or other civil rights violations, civil rights lawyers can help you fight back to recover your freedom and pursue damages in court.
Civil Rights and Government Corruption
The law is designed to ensure justice in how all Americans are treated. Yet much of the time, civil rights violations occur because of government corruption.
When corrupt police and other government entities disregard these laws, it’s imperative to fight back and hold those in authority positions responsible for neglecting the basic rights guaranteed to every individual.
At the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, we’re not afraid to fight against any form of civil rights violation — no matter how powerful the perpetrators are. Despite the vast resources at the disposal of governmental bodies like police departments, we have faith in the ability of the U.S. justice system to give a fair trial to all those who have been wronged — even when the perpetrators have acted under governmental protection.
Compensation for a Civil Rights Violation
When a civil rights violation is reported, and the guilty parties face the consequences in criminal court, justice is satisfied — in part. Unfortunately, criminal proceedings do little to help you recover damages.
Bringing a civil rights case before the civil court is how you gain compensation for damages done to you. Civil rights lawyers will assess your case for damages like:
- Criminal charges
- Legal fines
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Reduced quality of life
Based on the damages done to you, your legal representation will establish a target compensation goal. The possible compensation in a civil rights case depends on the nature of the violation and its impact on your life, but civil rights claims can bring compensation that reaches seven figures.
The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller Fights for Civil Rights
The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller is a leader in fighting back against civil rights corruption in Western New York. Our experienced civil rights lawyers have the resources and experience needed to prevail against the abuse of power and the violation of the law.
Our client testimonials give voice to the quality of representation offered by our firm. Our clients praise us for our results and how we go about accomplishing them. Our goal is to show compassion and respect to every individual who comes to our firm for aid.
We understand that with knowledge of the law comes an obligation to fight back when it is violated. A civil rights violation can feel deeply disempowering. We seek to put power back where it belongs — into the hands of the people. Our firm takes pride in the knowledge that our fight for justice changes lives for the better, one client at a time.
Contact Our Civil Rights Attorneys for a Free Consultation
Civil rights violations are a reality many individuals in the U.S. live with every day. Once your civil rights have been violated, you have a choice: do nothing, or fight back. Fortunately, when you work with the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, we do the fighting for you. Consulting with our civil rights lawyers can result in a life-altering outcome.
If you or a loved one have had their civil rights violated, our civil rights lawyers can help. Contact us today to arrange a free, confidential consultation, and let us fight for you.