A violation of a person’s civil rights can occur in many contexts. For example, employers violate the civil rights of employees when they discriminate against anyone based on their age, gender, race, religion, country of origin, disability and many other specific reasons for which the law provides protection.
An employer may not discriminate against a worker who has filed a workers’ compensation claim or complaint against an employer for any workplace violation of the law. Civil rights violations can also occur in housing, public accommodations and schools.
Salem Civil Rights Attorney Richard L. Cowan
Salem attorney Richard L. Cowan works primarily on behalf of clients who have been falsely imprisoned and suffered other civil rights deprivations while being prosecuted. This includes taking legal action against the state for wrongful convictions and against those responsible for police brutality and wrongful arrests.
Civil Rights Violations: Police Misconduct
Unfortunately, not all law enforcement officers follow their mission to protect and serve. They often make mistakes, and on occasion, engage in intentional misconduct. The news frequently reports on officers arresting the wrong person, shooting a suspect in haste and even planting evidence.
If anything similar happened to you, you may have a viable claim for a civil rights violation. These cases are often difficult to prove and involve interpretation of complex laws. You need the assistance of an experienced and seasoned civil rights attorney who will zealously pursue your case.
Civil Rights Violations: Wrongful Convictions
If you were convicted of a criminal offense, and the conviction was overturned by way of a motion in the trial court or a higher court on appeal, and the charges ultimately dismissed, you may have a claim for damages on the grounds that your civil rights were violated.
Contact Salem Civil Rights Attorney
If you believe you were the subject of false imprisonment, or have a claim for damages after your conviction was reversed, attorney Richard L. Cowan, a Marion Civil Rights Attorney, may be able to help you obtain fair and just compensation. He has more than 40 years of experience working on behalf of those who have had their civil rights violated and has settled hundreds of these cases. His office is in Salem and he serves those in most counties in the state focusing on those in Benton, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.