Civil Rights Practice

The Declaration of Independence declares the birthright of every American:  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  These fundamental rights are enshrined in the Constitution and in various federal, state, and local statutes, which guarantee to each of us certain freedoms and protections that may not be infringed by government agencies or private institutions. 

At The Warshawsky Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting and promoting these vital constitutional and civil rights that lie at the heart of a free and democratic society.  If your civil rights have been violated, it is imperative that you consult with us as soon as possible, so we can work with you to preserve your legal rights and explore all of your options for obtaining justice, compensation, and other appropriate relief.  
The Warshawsky Law Firm represents clients in the full range of civil rights matters arising under the United States Constitution (including the First, Second, Fourth, and Eighth Amendments) and federal, state, and local laws, including 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the New York State Civil Rights Law, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.

The specific issues we handle include:

  • false arrest / false imprisonment
  • excessive force / police brutality
  • unlawful search and seizure
  • malicious prosecution
  • wrongful convictions
  • freedom of speech
  • Freedom of Information (FOIA / FOIL)
  • right to keep and bear arms
  • asset forfeiture and takings claims
  • due process of law
  • equal protection of the law
  • assault and battery
  • defamation, slander, libel
  • right of privacy
  • unauthorized commercial use of picture, name, or voice
  • college and university disciplinary proceedings
  • criminal defense (select cases only)

Even if you don't see your issue listed here, please contact us if you believe your civil rights have been violated. 

Representing victims of police abuse:

We have represented numerous victims of police abuse, including in false arrest, excessive force, unlawful search, and malicious prosecution cases.  Police abuse falls disproportionately on the poor and minorities, but our clients include persons of all races, neighborhoods, and socioeconomic levels.  Our lawyers are very knowledgeable, experienced, and skillful in handling these cases. 

Representing criminal defendants:

Although not a regular part of our practice, in select cases we defend clients who have been accused of crimes.  Usually, but not necessarily, this is in connection with a potential civil rights case.  We have obtained dismissals, ACDs, and "not guilty" verdicts for our criminal defense clients.

Representing individuals and businesses accused of civil rights violations:

At The Warshawsky Law Firm, our civil rights practice includes defensive cases in which we represent individuals and businesses who have been accused of violating another person's civil rights, for example, businesses who are accused of discriminating against customers or individuals who are accused of defamation.  If you or your business has been sued for violating another person's rights, we may be able to help you.  

FAQS:  For more information, please see our Civil Rights FAQs.  

If you or your company needs a qualified civil rights lawyer, please contact The Warshawsky Law Firm today.        

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