Under the Constitution, you have civil rights that protect you from abuse by law enforcement. Unfortunately, some officers fail to exercise due care and misuse their power. If you have been victimized by an officer of the law, you deserve justice. Richard A. “Rick” Sandoval is a civil rights attorney who has helped victims of police brutality, excessive force, and false arrest hold law enforcement accountable. At our Santa Fe, NM, practice, we have collected millions in compensation for our clients, and we are here to advocate for you. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us today.
Police Misconduct and Civil Rights
Section 1983 within Title 42 of the United States Code makes it unlawful for anyone representing state law to deprive another of his or her rights. Law enforcement officials can be held liable for a variety of violations, including unreasonable or excessive force, and false arrest or imprisonment.
Over the past few years, there have been several widely publicized instances of excessive force by police officers that have resulted in serious injury or death. An officer can be held responsible for using excessive force during an arrest or investigatory stop. Following the implementation of lapel cameras, officers are now more likely to be charged in criminal court if they have used excessive force because clients have more physical evidence to support their case.
We have collected millions in compensation for our clients, and we are here to advocate for you.
According to Vice News, 4,000 people were shot by police between 2010 and 2016. Of those 4,000, 1,382 died as a result. The Albuquerque Police Department accounted for 67 of those shootings, 35 of which were fatal. If you or your loved one has been involved in an altercation with a police officer, you need an advocate by your side who will fight for the justice you deserve.
Mr. Sandoval has represented victims injured in jail because of violence on the part of a corrections officer as well as deliberate indifference. Failure to respond to an inmate's complaints or refusing to provide necessary medical treatment is punishable by law. We can hold officers accountable if they do not take appropriate action in a timely manner.
How We Can Help
If you feel you have been the victim of police misconduct, we urge you to call us for a free consultation and bring with you an incident or report number, the name of the officer involved, and a police report. If you do not have a police report, we can help you obtain this and any other materials to build your case.
In addition to viewing body camera footage to help families get answers, our team will aggressively analyze 911 calls, photographs and video, and internal review documents to establish liability. Mr. Sandoval will exhaust all possible avenues to establish how the incident occurred and who is at fault.
Let Us Fight For You
When the very individuals that are meant to protect you cause you harm, you need someone on your side to fight for your best interests. Mr. Sandoval has helped his clients recover millions of dollars over his 20 years in practice and can provide the aggressive representation you need. At Sandoval Firm, we offer free consultations and encourage you to schedule your review by calling us at (505) 795-7790 or contacting us online.