You Have Civil Rights. We Protect Them.

When law enforcement officers violate a person's constitutional rights, those victims can file a lawsuit against wrongdoers and the agencies that employ them. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages associated with false arrest or the use of excessive force.

Under the U.S. Constitution and New York law, law enforcement officers cannot:

  • Use excessive force when apprehending a suspect
  • Unlawfully detain someone who is not suspected of having committed a crime
  • Engage in malicious prosecution

We Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

It is notoriously difficult to get the New York Police Department to discipline its officers, even when it finds that an officer used excessive force or otherwise engaged in misconduct. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system sometimes perpetuates the use of force and other misconduct, especially toward disenfranchised segments of the population.

That is why at Schneider Law PLLC, we place a priority on holding law enforcement responsible for the injuries they cause through police misconduct, excessive force and unlawful detainment. We represent clients throughout New York City from our offices in Manhattan.

Police Brutality And Excessive Force

Police may only use the amount of force necessary to get a suspect to comply with an officer and no more. Police may use force under the law if it is in self-defense or the defense of others.

But police must use force only as a last resort, when other options have failed, and it must be reasonable force under the circumstances. New York City bans its officers from executing certain techniques, like choke holds, no matter the circumstances.

Unfortunately, excessive force and police brutality remain a serious problem throughout the City. If you or a loved one experienced excessive force by the police, call us at 212-257-0522 to explore your options.

Respected Advocates In Criminal Defense And Civil Litigation

Schneider Law PLLC has earned a reputation for tenacious legal representation in criminal and civil matters, including civil rights violations. Douglas M. Schneider provides aggressive litigation services for individuals and businesses. Mr. Schneider's work on behalf of his clients has been featured in the New York Law Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, The New York Times and Forbes.

Deadlines Exist For Filing A Civil Rights Lawsuit

Victims must meet deadlines for filing lawsuits against the NYPD and other government agencies. Contact us online today to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced attorneys, and learn about your rights and options. You may also reach us at either of our offices by calling 212-257-0522.