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If you are a victim of discrimination due to your race, sex, age, religion, ethnicity, physical/mental disability or sexual orientation, you should contact a civil rights lawyer right away. You should also consult with a civil rights lawyer if you are discriminated against for associating with or being part of a certain group of people.
The U.S. Constitution’s first 10 amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. Among rights protected are:
A civil rights attorney works to protect a person or a corporation’s constitutional rights that may have been ignored, denied, infringed, or violated.
Civil Rights is a crucial and highly complex area of law. What may sound simple, such as the right to a speedy trial, can involve myriad issues and exceptions. The U.S. Supreme Court over time has interpreted the freedoms and prohibitions under the Bill of Rights and much has been qualified.
That means if you think you have a civil rights case, you will require an attorney well-versed in civil rights law, and particularly in the specific area of your concern, to represent you.
Your Civil Rights attorney will discuss your situation with you, apply the facts to the law, determine if you have a case, and evaluate its strength.
The attorney will perform an investigation of the event or episode that resulted in your civil rights issue being violated by interviewing favorable and hostile witnesses, and identifying and securing evidence to support your position, and cast blame upon the opposing party.
As the investigation moves forward, it may become clear that an expert witness, such as a doctor or mental health specialist, may need to testify on your behalf.
Your Civil Rights lawyer, with your permission, can negotiate in an attempt to reach a settlement instead of going to trial to avoid the expense of litigation.
Failing that, at trial your Civil Rights attorney will aggressively present your arguments and cross-examine opposition witnesses to find errors or fault in their actions that contribute to a result in your favor.