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Legal Claims Based on Criminal Civil Rights Violation

Every person has certain civil rights stating how he or she may and may not be treated at the hands of government officials. When a police officer uses excessive force, or a county official removes a child from its parents without proper authorization, then such actions may be a violation of civil rights.

At The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson, we investigate claims of civil rights violations at the hands of government employees. Whenever the circumstances show a violation of government authority and consequent physical or emotional harm or violation of a person’s Constitutional or familial rights, you can count on our Walnut Creek civil rights attorneys to tirelessly advocate on your behalf.

If you believe you or a family member has suffered a civil rights violation, we encourage you to contact our office by calling (925) 900-5330 for a free initial consultation.

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    Peter has 25 years of trial experience, has negotiated thousands of cases and has defended clients in a wide variety of jury trials. While many lawyers avoid the inside of a courtroom, as a litigator, that’s where Peter Johnson feels most comfortable. Let him put his considerable trial experience to work for you.
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    The majority of Carin’s 25-year practice is focused on juvenile law. As a parent, she is very dedicated and compassionate about representing parents’ rights in juvenile court. When the system accuses a parent of abuse, it is an extremely serious accusation. Let Carin put her considerable experience to work for you.
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    Jesse S. Gill is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Johnson and Johnson. Jesse started clerking with at Johnson and Johnson fresh out of Law School and has been with the office since September of 2011. The primary focus of Jesse’s current practice is Juvenile Dependency, Family Law & Criminal Defense & Appeals. Jesse is licensed to practice law in California (State Court) as well as the Northern & Central Districts of California (Federal Court).
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    Christina Summers became part of the Johnson & Johnson team in February of 2018 as an Office Clerk. She’s now transitioning to a Legal Administrative Assistant role for both sides of the firm for Peter and Carin Johnson. Where there is a diverse task, she is eager to take it head on. She’s a person of passion and curiosity; she prides herself in follow-through and patience.
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Violation of Civil Rights Examples

A successful civil rights violation claim requires not only improper or illegal action by a government employee, but also demonstrated harm to the victim — for example, physical injury, emotional injury, property damage or deprivation of familial rights. The reality is that the harm must be fairly substantial in order for a civil rights violation lawsuit to succeed.

Some examples of the types of civil rights violations we have seen over the years include:

  • Police misconduct and excessive force: The law states that a police officer must respond to aggressive behavior with action that responds adequately but not excessively to the aggressive behavior. There is a proper spectrum of police response. When a police officer uses a Taser or a baton on a suspect who is only resisting verbally, that may constitute illegal police brutality and a civil rights violation. In some cases, officers may even resort to using force that is not even minimally justified.
  • False arrest: If a police officer detains a person without reasonable cause for a specific length of time, the detention may be a civil rights violation. In some instances, a person may be arrested without a warrant when not having committed a crime. This could lead to a claim for false arrest in violation of the 4th amendment.
  • Fourth Amendment violations: Illegal searches and seizures sometimes cause physical injury, emotional injury, or property damage to an innocent bystander. For example, if police officers execute a search warrant on the home of a suspect’s family member, without reasonable cause to believe the suspect lives there or is present at the time, and if people are injured or property is damaged during the search, that may be a violation of civil rights. Execution of a bad warrant could also be violation of civil rights. Illegal searches in routine traffic stops or entry into your home without a warrant are other examples of 4th amendment violations.
  • CPS/CFS misconduct: More often than we would like to think, Social Workers and Law Enforcement Officers will remove a child from a home without a proper court order and without legal justification or evidence that the child is in imminent risk of serious bodily injury. The parents and the child who is removed from the home will each have claims for constitutional violations in cases involving unlawful removal. Often these claims are a combination of actions between CPS/CFS and law enforcement.

If you believe you may have a valid claim for violation of your civil rights at the hands of police officers or social workers, we urge you to contact our office for a free and confidential initial consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer. We represent clients throughout the entire state of California.

Complete our online contact form or call us directly at (925) 900-5330 today.

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