Illegal Stops And Warrants Infringe On Civil Rights
Have you been stopped by the police and frisked for no reason? Have the police searched your home or car or another private property without a warrant? Have the police claimed to have a search warrant, but you learned later they didn’t have one? These experiences can be embarrassing, unsettling and even dangerous. Your civil rights may have been violated.
Attorney Nicolas Bagley of The Bagley Firm, P.C., represents people who have been victimized by the police. If you think the police violated your civil rights, speak with our illegal stops lawyer about your case.
Call our New York office at 718-705-7999 for a free case evaluation.
Most People Stopped Are Innocent
According to the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), stop and frisk practices by the police are worse than ever. In 80 percent of the cases, the people stopped were innocent. It’s probably no surprise that many of these cases involved the police stopping non-white New Yorkers.
In fact, data from 2015 revealed that 54 percent of those stopped and frisked were African-American, 29 percent Latino and only 11 percent were white.
Police Searches May Violate Your Civil Rights In Many Ways
The police are not allowed to search your home, car or another private property without a legal search warrant or without probable cause. Unlawful search and seizure is an infringement on your constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment.
The police can violate your rights in many ways, including:
- Stopping someone for no reason or without probable cause
- Claiming to have a search warrant when they don’t
- Listing what they are searching for on the warrant, but trying to use something else found but not listed in an arrest
- Using a warrant that was not signed by a judge
When police violate your civil rights, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.