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At Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP, we understand the devastating impact that police misconduct can have on individuals and their families. Our dedicated team of police misconduct lawyers is committed to seeking justice for victims and holding law enforcement officers accountable for their actions.

What Constitutes Police Misconduct?

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Oftentimes, people feel they have been unlawfully treated by police, but they aren’t certain. If you have experienced any of the following, you may have a case against police:

  • Excessive force by police officers (police brutality) — if you have suffered serious personal injury resulting from unnecessary or excessive use of force
  • False arrest and illegal confinement — the unlawful restraint of a person’s individual liberty
  • Malicious prosecution and prosecutorial misconduct — the process of going to court after a false arrest
  • Police shootings resulting in injury — if you or a loved one was shot and wounded by a police officer or if a loved one was shot and killed
  • Wrongful arrest leading to conviction — if you or a loved one spent time in prison on a conviction for a crime you did not commit
  • Prisoner abuse — if you or a loved one has suffered mistreatment or substandard medical care while incarcerated

What Kinds of Damages Can Be Pursued in a Police Misconduct Case?

In the aftermath of police misconduct, victims are often left with physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Pursuing a legal case can lead to compensation for these damages, providing relief and accountability. Below, we explore the various types of damages that can be pursued in a police misconduct case.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are intended to restore the victim to the state they were in before the misconduct occurred. These damages can be quantified and include:

Medical Expenses

  • Description: Covers the cost of medical treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation resulting from the misconduct.
  • Example: Hospital bills, medication costs, and future medical expenses.

Lost Wages

  • Description: Compensates for lost income due to the inability to work after the incident.
  • Example: Lost salary, benefits, and future earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

  • Description: Compensation for physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional distress.
  • Example: Trauma, anxiety, depression, and other psychological impacts.

Property Damage

  • Description: Reimbursement for the repair or replacement of property damaged during the incident.
  • Example: Costs to repair a vehicle or replace broken belongings.

Special Damages

Special damages are awarded for specific, out-of-pocket expenses that can be calculated and proven.

Funeral Expenses

  • Description: In cases of wrongful death, these cover the cost of funeral and burial services.
  • Example: Costs related to the funeral service, burial, or cremation.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant for egregious conduct and deter similar future behavior.

Exemplary Awards

  • Description: These are not tied to the victim’s actual losses but are meant to penalize the offender.
  • Example: A significant monetary award exceeding compensatory damages to punish severe misconduct.

Nominal Damages

Nominal damages are small amounts awarded when a violation occurred, but significant harm wasn’t proven.

Symbolic Compensation

  • Description: Acknowledges the violation of rights without substantial proof of loss.
  • Example: A minimal monetary award recognizing the misconduct.

How Can a Police Misconduct Lawyer Help?

Our firm has a proven track record of success in representing clients who have suffered due to police misconduct. We have experience in cases involving excessive force, false arrest, police shootings, malicious prosecution, and wrongful convictions. Our police misconduct lawyers meticulously investigate each case, gathering evidence and building a strong legal strategy to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Why Choose Our Police Misconduct Lawyers?


With decades of experience, our police misconduct lawyers have the experience to navigate complex legal processes, ensuring that victims’ voices are heard and their rights are protected.

Personalized Attention

Every case is unique, and we provide personalized attention to understand the intricacies of each client’s situation. Our police misconduct lawyer will work closely with you, offering support and guidance throughout the legal process.

Aggressive Representation

We are passionate advocates for our clients. Our team fights tirelessly to secure justice and compensation for victims of police misconduct.

What To Do After Your Civil Rights Have Been Violated

The aftermath of a civil rights violation can be a traumatic and disheartening experience. Whether it’s a case of police misconduct, police brutality, discrimination, or another form of injustice, it’s crucial to take immediate steps to protect yourself and your legal rights. Here’s a comprehensive guide on what to do after your rights have been violated.

1. Stay Calm and Composed

  • Emotional Control: Maintain your composure. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions, but staying calm helps you think clearly and act rationally.
  • Safety First: Prioritize your safety and the safety of others around you.

2. Document the Incident

  • Gather Evidence: Collect as much information as possible. Take photos, videos, and note down the details of the incident.
  • Witnesses: Identify any witnesses and collect their contact information.

3. Seek Medical Attention

  • Immediate Care: If injured, seek medical attention immediately. Ensure all injuries are documented.
  • Medical Records: Obtain copies of medical records as they can be crucial evidence.

4. Consult a Civil Rights Lawyer

  • Experienced Advice: Contact a Civil Rights Lawyer who has experience in civil rights or the specific area of law related to your case.
  • Legal Strategy: Discuss the incident and develop a strategy for legal recourse.

5. Report the Incident

  • Authorities: If applicable, report the incident to the appropriate authorities or oversight bodies.
  • Documentation: Obtain copies of the report for your records.

6. Preserve Evidence

  • Personal Records: Keep all evidence, documents, and records safe and organized.
  • Avoid Alteration: Do not alter or manipulate any evidence.

7. Stay Informed

  • Know Your Rights: Educate yourself on your legal rights and the laws applicable to your situation.
  • Legal Updates: Stay updated on legal developments related to your case.

8. Seek Support

  • Community: Connect with support groups or communities who have experienced similar violations.
  • Counseling: Consider seeking professional counseling to cope with the emotional trauma.

9. Avoid Public Statements

  • Media: Be cautious with media interactions. Consult your lawyer before making any public statements.
  • Social Media: Avoid discussing the incident on social media or public platforms.

10. Follow Legal Proceedings

  • Court Appearances: Attend all required court appearances and legal meetings.
  • Legal Advice: Follow the advice of your civil rights attorney to navigate the legal process effectively.

Taking immediate and appropriate actions after your rights have been violated is crucial in seeking justice and compensation for the injustice you’ve endured. Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone – seeking legal assistance is a pivotal step in ensuring that your rights are upheld and the violators are held accountable.

Seek Justice with a Police Misconduct Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been a victim of police misconduct, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Our police misconduct lawyers are ready to evaluate your case, inform you of your rights, and outline the steps to seek justice. We are committed to ensuring that law enforcement officers are held accountable for their actions, and we will fight relentlessly to secure the compensation and justice you deserve.

Contact Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP today for a free consultation with a skilled police misconduct lawyer. Let us be your advocates in the pursuit of justice.


What constitutes police misconduct in NYC?

Police misconduct encompasses a variety of inappropriate or illegal actions including excessive force, false arrest, racial profiling, intimidation, harassment, and the violation of civil rights.

What should I do if I am a victim of police misconduct?

Document the incident, collect witness information, seek medical attention if required, and consult with a police misconduct lawyer to explore your legal options.

Can I file a complaint against a police officer in NYC?

Yes, complaints can be filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) or directly with the NYPD. It’s also advisable to seek legal advice.

How do I prove police misconduct?

Gathering evidence such as photographs, videos, witness statements, and medical records is crucial. A skilled lawyer can assist in collecting and presenting this evidence effectively.

Can I sue the NYPD for police misconduct?

Victims of police misconduct can sue for damages. Working with an experienced police misconduct lawyer is essential to navigate the legal complexities.

What compensation can I receive for police misconduct?

Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages, depending on the severity and impact of the misconduct.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for police misconduct in NYC?

There are specific time limits, known as the statute of limitations, for filing a lawsuit. Immediate consultation with a police misconduct lawyer ensures your case is filed within the required timeframe.

Are there organizations that support victims of police misconduct?

Several organizations offer support, resources, and advocacy for victims. A lawyer can also guide you to appropriate support networks.

How does Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP assist victims of police misconduct?

We provide comprehensive legal services, including consultation, investigation, evidence gathering, and aggressive representation in court to seek justice and compensation for victims.

How can I contact a police misconduct lawyer at Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP?

Contact us by calling or filling out the form.

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