Civil Rights Litigation
Civil and Constitutional rights cases are extraordinarily difficult to even bring to trial: the law is structured to protect Government from accountability from even clear abuses of power. An attorney who is inexperienced in civil rights litigation can walk into landmines hidden in an individual’s only path to justice. Without the experience to prepare a civil rights case correctly from the beginning, and without the will to find the truth when Government witnesses refuse to cooperate, most attorneys cannot survive the myriad hazards that lead to dismissal of complex civil rights cases.
But our lawyers have that experience, and have the will to build a civil rights case even in the face of fierce Governmental resistance. Attorney Maren Lynn Chaloupka was co-lead counsel for the “Beatrice 6,” whose jury returned a $28 million verdict in 2016 to compensate them for their wrongful conviction for a murder and rape of which they were completely innocent. Miss Chaloupka represents individuals whose civil rights have been violated by:
- Wrongful arrest;
- Wrongful conviction;
- Abusive interrogation and investigation tactics by law enforcement;
- False confessions;
- First Amendment/freedom of speech violations;
- Suicide in jail, prison or other law enforcement custody;
- Other wrongful death in law enforcement custody;
- Unlawful search and seizure practices by law enforcement;
- Police brutality;
- Prisoners’ rights to medical care;
- Prisoners’ rights to mental health care;
- Unlawful use of solitary confinement;
- School abuse;
- Abuse of persons who are mentally ill and/or developmentally delayed;
- Sexual abuse;
- Failure to protect from known threats;
- Racial profiling; and
- Miscellaneous and unusual types of Governmental abuse of power.
This area of the law is not for the faint of heart or for the weak of will. Miss Chaloupka has the experience and the work ethic to hold Government accountable and to vindicate your rights.