Civil Rights Litigation
Helping You Restore Your Civil Rights
The Bill of Rights, other constitutional provisions, and various federal and state civil rights acts protect you from unlawful governmental actions. When your civil rights are violated by the government or a government actor, you need the assistance of an experienced lawyer to vindicate your rights. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience. Our litigation team is experienced in aggressively prosecuting government actors to obtain civil justice.
Civil Rights Actions Under Section 1983
Most civil rights complaints against state officials are filed in federal court under section 1983 of the federal Civil Rights Act. This law is a powerful tool to prosecute violations of your civil rights by state officials. In addition, there may be other federal and state law claims that can be brought against officials such as outrageous conduct, false imprisonment, negligence in the operation of a jail or violations under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
Strategic Representation In Complex Litigation
Civil rights cases require careful preparation, including providing the proper notices to governmental agencies under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act. We represent clients in a variety of civil rights matters, including:
- Violations of freedoms of speech, religion and association
- Excessive use of force
- Illegal arrest, search and seizure
- Violations of the rights to familial association, life, liberty and privacy
- Violation of the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment
- Wrongful discharge
- Prison/preconviction confinement cases
Civil Rights Litigation: An Approach With Powerful Remedies
The prevailing party in a civil rights case may qualify for awards of economic and noneconomic damages, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees and costs. In some cases, the court may enter injunctive relief to force the government actor to change policies that resulted in the unlawful governmental conduct.