Civil Rights Attorney in Philadelphia
Unfortunately, wrongs do not right themselves. If you have suffered a civil rights violation, you have options, and we encourage you to take the initiative to pursue those options, with the help of a civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia.
An Experienced Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyer Ready to Aggressively Protect the Victims of Civil Rights Violations
The average civil rights claim sits on a razor’s edge between success and failure. These cases are notoriously difficult to win, and a single misstep could result in instant dismissal by the court.
The law tends to favor the system even when the police are incompetent or the prosecution fails to respect your constitutional rights. It’s not that civil rights claims are unwinnable, it’s just that they are a challenge for which you need experienced legal assistance.
Our Civil rights Practice Areas
Following is a list of some of our civil rights practice areas.
False Arrest and Imprisonment
There is a difference between a mistaken arrest and a false arrest. False arrest and imprisonment are outrages that demand justice.
A wrongful conviction occurs if the convicted defendant was innocent or was subject to serious procedural errors that violated their constitutional rights.
Illegal Searches and Seizures
Illegal searches and seizures violate the Fourth Amendment. They can also justify suppression of evidence – or a civil rights claim for money damages.
Asset Forfeiture Abuse
Under civil forfeiture laws, law enforcement authorities can permanently seize property used to commit a crime. Unfortunately, this power is subject to frequent abuse.
Anyone who reads the news is aware of how frequent police brutality has become throughout the nation. This civil rights offense is often fatal.
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Tauber Law Case Results
Following are some examples of what Mr. Tauber has done for his clients:
Settlement for malicious prosecution
Settlement for malicious prosecution and false arrest
Settlement for excessive force by police
Settlement for the unlawful search of an apartment by police
Claim All the Compensation You Deserve
If someone has harmed you by violating your civil rights, you deserve financial compensation. In some circumstances, the amount of compensation can be quite substantial. If you are currently subject to unjust treatment (you are in jail because of a false arrest, for example), you may need immediate action to gain your release. Either way, Tauber Law can help.
Time is of the essence in most civil rights claims, and deadlines can be short. Call Taber Law at (215) 575-0702, or contact us online.
Why Choose Tauber Law as Your Civil Rights Attorney in Philadelphia?
Not just any civil rights law firm in Philadelphia can maximize the value of your claim. Following are some reasons you should choose Tauber Law:
Decades of successful experience, both at trial and the negotiating tableThousands of cases worth of experience, including multiple six-figure and seven-figure settlements.
An individualized approachNo two cases are alike, and no two clients share exactly the same priorities. Mr. Tauber will prepare a unique case strategy based on your particular needs. He won’t use the “cookie-cutter” approach that so many other lawyers use.
A winning attitudeAlthough the great majority of our opponents settle out of court, we prepare for trial from the very beginning. We have discovered that the best way to stay out of court is to prepare to win there.
Remember, when you are demanding money damages, it’s not just whether you win or lose, but how much you win.
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What kinds of acts are civil rights violations?
Following is a list of a few types of civil rights violations:
- Gender discrimination in employment;
- Sexual harassment in the workplace;
- Age discrimination in the workplace;
- Housing discrimination based on race, national origin, or religion; and
- Confiscation of your property without due process of law.
A full list of all possible civil rights violations would be too long to reproduce here.
Do I need a lawyer to file a civil rights lawsuit?
There is no legal requirement that you hire a lawyer to represent you, at least if you are representing yourself. Representing yourself is not a good idea, however, considering the difficulty of winning civil rights cases. For some claims, you need to file a claim with a government agency before taking the matter to court. This can greatly complicate matters.
What can you sue for in a civil rights lawsuit?
You can sue for:
- Compensatory damages (both economic and non-economic);
- Punitive damages (sometimes);
- Injunctive relief (a court order forcing the defendant to do something or refrain from doing something);
- A declaration of the law as it applies to your case (so you won’t have to wonder whether you are breaking the law by doing something or refraining from doing something).
Not all of these remedies are necessarily available in every case.
How much does a civil rights attorney cost?
A civil rights attorney might charge you in the following ways:
- A pure hourly basis, which could amount to hundreds of dollars per hour;
- A pure contingency basis, which means nothing if you lose, but a percentage of your compensation if you win; or
- A hybrid system, with a lower hourly rate plus a lawyer percentage of your compensation if you win.
In rare cases, a lawyer might represent you pro bono (free of charge).