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North Carolina Police Misconduct Lawyers

J. Bradley Smith Esq. avatar
Mr. Smith has lived in Charlotte for most of his life. He is a graduate of Charlotte Country Day School and North Carolina State University. He received his law...
Daniel Deuterman avatar
In his law career, Dan has helped countless injured workers and their families obtain the medical care and the compensation they deserve. In fact, he has achiev...
Benjamin Scott Burnside avatar
Ben Burnside is passionate about representing the rights of mentally and physically disabled and injured people. He focuses his practice on helping disabled wor...
Lewis Warr avatar
Lewis strives daily to seek justice for injured South Carolinians and those that have been wrongfully accused of a crime. Lewis limits his practice to Civil Lit...
Seth R. Cohen avatar
Seth Cohen has spent his legal career fighting against discrimination and advocating for people whose civil rights and civil liberties have been violated or inf...
Gene A. Riddle avatar
For more than 30 years, Gene Riddle has been fighting for the rights of the injured. As the founder and Managing Partner of Riddle & Brantley, LLP, Gene has ear...
Kevin Murphy avatar
I represent individuals in all types of employment disputes, including discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower actions, severance negotiations, equal pay vio...
Ruth Ann Azeredo avatar
My practice includes employment law, business law, and open records laws. As former federal attorney in addition to two decades of running my own practice, I b...
Narendra K Ghosh avatar
Narendra graduated from Harvard University, summa cum laude, in 1998, and from the New York University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2005. Prior to attendi...

If you or someone you love has been subject to police misconduct, which can range from racial profiling to unlawful searches, there are ways for you can get compensation for those damages. Hiring police misconduct lawyers can give you access to legal professionals who will be able to properly represent you in a case against the offending officers.

What is a Police Misconduct Lawyer?

The best police misconduct lawyers in North Carolina help victims of police misconduct or brutality seek legal consequences and compensation. These situations can include:

  • Unnecessary harassment by police officers;
  • Civil rights violations;
  • False arrests;
  • Police misconduct and racial profiling; and/or
  • Police misconduct which resulted in injury and/or death.

What Does a Police Misconduct Attorney Do?

An North Carolina police misconduct attorney has many jobs, mostly to do with filing paperwork, communicating with all parties, and legally representing you. This can include:

  • Determining a remedy for civil rights violations, like criminal prosecution of the police officer responsible;
  • Determining a remedy for a civil rights lawsuit such as demanding monetary damages or an injunction;
  • Filing a complaint with the internal affairs department for the police department responsible;
  • Ensuring the victim receives immediate medical care and ongoing medical treatment as necessary;
  • Advising their client about their legal rights and options;
  • Working to collect evidence for criminal charges or lawsuits; and
  • Filing lawsuits and representing individuals in court.

When Should You Hire a Police Misconduct Lawyer from at North Carolina?

If you have been the victim of police misconduct, you should consider hiring a civil rights attorney. This can include unlawful detention, racial profiling, illegal searches, unjustified deadly force, perjury, false imprisonment, or police intervention without probable cause. A civil rights attorney can file a misconduct lawsuit against police officers, county sheriffs, or officers who work for other law enforcement agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They can help you get compensation for your loss of liberty and violated rights.

How to Find a Lawyer for Police Misconduct

There are many ways for you to find a lawyer for police misconduct in North Carolina, including local searches in your area, talking to your local Chamber of Commerce, or asking for referrals from those who have also used police misconduct lawyers. Other options include: 

  • The American Bar Association can help you find good lawyers in your area who are qualified to take on cases about police misconduct;
  • Resources such as LawInfo can help you find police misconduct attorneys in your area; and
  • Several services specifically help victims of police misconduct find referrals in their area from qualified attorneys. 

How Should I Choose a Police Misconduct Attorney from North Carolina?

Choosing a police misconduct attorney is an important decision and there are many factors you want to consider.

Trust and Communication

First and foremost, when your civil liberties have been violated, it can be difficult to trust anyone again, especially people who have a position of authority. This is why you need to work with a lawyer you trust. They should be able to answer all of your questions honestly and respond to you in a timely manner, no matter how busy they are. You need a lawyer who will communicate with you regularly as your case proceeds, giving you honest responses to your calls or emails.

Experience

You always want to choose an attorney with the right level of experience. Cases involving police misconduct represent a specific legal field, so you should not settle for a lawyer who only has experience with debt relief or unpaid wages. Choose someone who regularly represents people who have been discriminated against by law enforcement officers.

Location

You also want to choose an attorney who can practice in your area. Lawyers are only allowed to practice in states where they have passed the bar. It's always best to find a lawyer who is skilled at handling police misconduct in your area. In addition, having someone who is local, or at least in your state, also makes it easier to communicate. 

On Average, How Much Does a Police Misconduct Lawyer Cost North Carolina?

In many police misconduct cases, an attorney will charge a flat fee for their services, which covers a legal consultation, document preparation, and court representation. When charging a flat fee, attorneys will either charge the entire fee upfront or charge the fee as a percentage of the settlement after your case is concluded. This means that you will not have to pay for personal injury legal options, unless the lawyer gets you compensation for things like excessive force or police brutality.

In other cases, a lawyer for police misconduct from North Carolina will charge an hourly rate for their services. When charging by the hour, lawyers will explain their rates for each individual who contributes to your case. As an example, it may be broken down as follows:

  • $300 per hour for attorneys;
  • $100 per hour for paralegals;
  • $30 per hour for secretarial services;
  • $.10 per copied page;
  • etc.

Based on this breakdown, you will know the rates for the different services provided prior to the case beginning. Usually, the attorney on your case will allocate more administrative tasks to an administrative or egal assistant and certain legal tasks to the paralegal. Prior to engaging in hourly billing with your legal team, you must ask about their payment requirements. Some attorneys who charge hourly rates have very strict rules that stipulate you must pay within 30 days of receiving a bill or they will pause all legal services on your behalf. However others have stipulations that you must pay within 90 days of receiving a bill, or work out some sort of repayment plan.

Do Police Misconduct Attorneys Typically Charge for Consultations?

Usually, an North Carolina police misconduct lawyer will provide a free consultation. However, you should confirm this prior to agreeing to a consultation. This consultation will allow the attorney to verify whether you have grounds for a legal case and, if you do, determine whether your case is a good fit for the law firm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sue the police?

With the help of a qualified attorney and a legitimate case, you can sue a police officer or other law enforcement officer for violating your civil rights. If police officers have engaged in misconduct and violated your constitutional rights, you can sue the individual police officers or sue the Sheriff's office or police station for damages.

How much can I expect to receive for a settlement?

How much you can expect to receive in compensation is based entirely on your situation. The amount of physical or emotional trauma and any influence the police misconduct had on your ability to make money or on your reputation are all factors that are considered in your settlement. If you were subject to a false arrest as well as malicious prosecution or excessive force, settlements could be anywhere from a few hundred thousand dollars to a few million dollars.

How long does it take to sue for police misconduct?

The duration of your case is based on how complicated the case is and how willing the police department or individuals are to communicate with your legal team. If, for example, an internal affairs department is given 30 days to respond to a request for information, they can choose to respond immediately, or they can respond on day 29. The longer it takes to get responses, the longer it takes for the entire process to move forward. Most cases take anywhere from a few months to a few years to settle.