Civil rights protect us from unfair and unequal treatment. These sacred rights are legally bound and protected under the US Constitution, New Mexico Constitution, state, and federal laws.
What happens when our civil rights are violated? Many people are scared to seek legal help due to fears of retribution and public humiliation. Some are unsure whether their experience counts as a civil rights violation.
At the Law Offices of Erika E. Anderson, our Albuquerque civil rights lawyers understand how personal these violations are. When a person or entity treats us unfairly, it goes against what our democracy is all about.
Whether you’re clear about your case or still have some questions, contact us to set up a consultation. We’ll assess what you’ve gone through and give you viable options. If appropriate, we’ll build a successful case to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
The US Constitution, New Mexico Constitution, state, and federal laws guarantee our civil rights. These rights protect people from experiencing unfair treatment or discrimination based on being from a protected class:
Other state and federal laws protect people based on age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status.
People experience unfair treatment and discrimination in many different areas of their lives. These infringements affect our health, our jobs, and our freedoms.
Sometimes, civil rights violations result in people becoming injured through intentional assaults. Sometimes, these discriminatory attacks come from law enforcement through excessive or deadly force.
Unlawful arrests occur when someone is arrested or detained without probable cause. Our US Constitution states that there must be enough evidence that a crime was committed. Probable cause involves the evidence being enough for a reasonable police officer to arrest someone based on that evidence.
Examples of unlawful arrests include the following:
False imprisonment occurs when a person confines another person to a specific area without legal justification or authority and without the person’s permission. It’s vital to note that false imprisonment can occur without physical restraint. For example, a person can use a threat of force without physical contact to enact false imprisonment.
The Fourth Amendment to the US and New Mexico Constitution protects us from illegal searches and seizures. This means law enforcement can’t search or seize personal property without a search or arrest warrant. It also includes searches and seizures without probable cause that a crime has been committed.
The only circumstance where a search and seizure can occur without a warrant or probable cause involves the person giving permission to search and seize property.
Malicious prosecution occurs when a civil or criminal lawsuit is filed that lacks merit or probable cause. This type of civil rights violation happens when charges filed stem from bias or personal animosity and are not based on upholding the law or pursuing justice.
Regardless of the type of civil rights violation, our team of civil rights attorneys in Albuquerque diligently work to help you receive the compensation you need. Below are examples of the damages you may be entitled to if you experience a civil rights violation:
Calculating the cost of damages is crucial. Once you settle, further compensation can be extremely difficult to attain.
Below is a list of some of the services our civil rights lawyers in New Mexico provide if we can take your case:
Choosing the right law firm is vital in the pursuit of justice. The Law Offices of Erika E. Anderson have a tremendous track record of achieving results in complex civil rights cases in state and federal court.
Our reputation for success is due to our willingness to take on challenges while forging close bonds with our clients.
If you believe your civil rights have been violated for any reason, you need an experienced civil rights attorney in New Mexico to fight for you. Contact the Law Offices of Erika E. Anderson today for a consultation.