Pursuing a Civil Rights Claim Under Section 1983
Intended to protect the rights of all people within the jurisdiction of the United States, Section 1983 provides the framework for litigation against any person who violates the rights of another under the authority of the state. In order for a Section 1983 claim to be valid, then, two different conditions must be met during the incident: first, your federal rights must have been violated; and, second, that violation must have been committed by an official of the local, state, or federal government.
Circumstances that May Necessitate a Section 1983 Claim
Section 1983 provides the legal framework through which legal action may be taken by any person whose constitutional rights, immunities, or privileges have been violated by an official representative of the state. With that in mind, the following circumstances would likely represent grounds on which an individual may pursue a Section 1983 claim:
- When arresting or questioning you, police uses unnecessary force
- When searching your home or arresting you without a warrant, police destroys your property
- When exercising your first amendment rights, police arrests you
In every case, our Austin legal team will do everything they possibly can to help you protect your rights.
Consult with a Section 1983 Claim Attorney in Austin
If you believe that you rights have been violated by a representative of the state, you should speak with one of the Austin Section 1983 claims attorneys at The Melton Law Firm to learn more about the legal options that may be available to you. To discuss the particulars of your incident with one of our civil rights attorneys, please call our Austin offices at (512) 330-0017 today.