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Signs of Civil Rights Violations

Civil rights are fundamental in ensuring fair treatment and legal protection against discrimination for every individual. However, recognizing when these rights have been violated can be challenging. At Sivin, Miller & Roche, LLP, we believe in empowering our clients and readers with the knowledge to identify potential civil rights violations. Here's a guide to help you understand if your civil rights may have been compromised. If you believe your civil rights have been violated, contact our experienced civil rights lawyers today. What Are Civil Rights? Civil rights…

What is Unlawful Surveillance?

In an age where technology is ever-advancing and privacy is increasingly valued, the issue of unlawful surveillance has become a hot-button topic in New York, as well as the rest of the world. New York State takes the privacy of its citizens seriously, and this is reflected in its stringent laws against unlawful surveillance. But what exactly constitutes unlawful surveillance in the Empire State? The Legal Definition Unlawful surveillance in New York is defined under the New York Penal Law sections 250.45 to 250.60. These statutes make…

What Does a Civil Rights Lawyer Do?

Navigating the intricate landscape of civil rights and criminal defense requires experience, passion, and an unwavering commitment to justice. At Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP, a premier New York law firm, we are dedicated to these principles, ensuring that every individual we represent is afforded the rights and liberties they are entitled to. In this blog post, we explore the pivotal role of a civil rights lawyer, drawing insights from our extensive experience in the field. What is a Civil Rights Lawyer? A NYC Civil Rights Lawyer…

Legal recourse for victims of unjustified police shootings

When you get hurt because of a police shooting and there is no reason to think you are a serious threat, it is called unjustified deadly force. Law enforcement officers may only use such force when faced with a genuine and immediate threat. This threat must pose a significant danger to their own safety or the safety of others. In these situations, you or your family can legally ask for compensation to make up for the harm and losses you suffered. Legal avenues for victims There are…

Use of drones by police in New York may violate civil rights

Emerging technologies such as aerial drones with facial recognition software and gunshot detection systems have revolutionized law enforcement in New York over the past few years. They can help keep track of fleeing suspects, observe protesters and access areas that would be impossible for police officers to reach. However, growing concerns exist about how they may undermine citizens’ civil rights. Understanding your civil rights The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that law enforcement must have probable…

NYC to pay 1,300 people wrongfully arrested, beaten during 2020

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in 2020 sparked a wave of racial injustice protests across America. Many people took part in these demonstrations to speak against the brutal actions of police officers. In response, cities deployed law enforcement to quell these protests. But some of these officers engaged in the very violence denounced by the protests through unlawful arrests and beatings. However, justice was served last week when New York City agreed to pay over $13 million to settle a civil rights class…

What can you do after a wrongful arrest?

Getting arrested is a frightening experience, but getting detained for no reason is aggravating. Even though humanity has advanced in many ways, there are still occasions when police arrest someone based on their appearance. A person may be able to sue for wrongful arrest if law enforcement restrains them without probable cause. When does wrongful arrest happen? Police cannot arrest you on mere suspicion. They must first have a warrant or probable cause, at the very least, to make an arrest. Probable cause is sufficient evidence that…

Police excessive force is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars

During the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd, many New Yorkers took to the streets to protest his treatment at the hands of the police. Many found that the response from the NYPD was overly harsh, and now reports have confirmed that hundreds of cases of excessive force took place during the police response. This builds on a history of police interaction with the residents of New York City, and it has become a significant financial burden for the city. These losses continue to…

5 Ways police officers commit breach of public trust

New York law enforcement plays a crucial role in maintaining social order and public safety. However, instances of police misconduct can erode public trust, undermine the justice system and lead to negative outcomes for individuals and communities. It is critical to recognize and address these issues to reduce unfair practices. Excessive use of force While law enforcement officers have the authority to use force when necessary, it must be proportional and within the limits prescribed by the law. Unfortunately, instances arise where officers employ force beyond what…

Mental health challenges of recently released prisoners

The process of reintegration into society can be overwhelming for those who have recently been released from a New York prison. Along with the logistical and practical challenges of finding a job and securing housing, they often face significant mental health challenges as well. Sense of isolation One of the most significant mental health challenges facing recently released prisoners is the sense of isolation and alienation that they often experience. After spending months or years in prison, they may feel disconnected from their families, friends and communities.…

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