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I’ve been charged with a crime. During my arrest the police acted with excessive force and I was hurt. Will pursuing a civil police brutality case impact my criminal case?

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You may have been hurt by police brutality while you were being arrested for a crime. However, even during an arrest you have legal rights. Police officers do not have the right to use excessive force against you. If you are hurt by police brutality then you have the right to consult with a police brutality lawyer and to pursue justice—even if there is a criminal case pending against you.

While some facts may overlap, the criminal case against you and a civil police brutality case are independent of one another.

The Criminal Case and the Police Brutality Case Will Be Handled Separately

The two cases have different standards of proof, will be heard in different courts, and will have different outcomes. Furthermore, different government lawyers will represent the government’s interests in the criminal case against you and your police brutality case. While government prosecutors will try to make the case that you broke the law, government defense attorneys will represent the municipality, the state of Wisconsin, or the United States in any civil police brutality case that you bring.

Contact a Police Brutality Lawyer Today to Make Sure That Your Rights are Protected

You are likely trusting a criminal defense lawyer to help you with the criminal case pending against you. You also deserve legal representation in any police brutality case that you bring. You did not deserve to be hurt by excessive force, and our experienced police brutality lawyers will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected now.

Please contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to welcome you in any of our Wisconsin offices, Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison or Wausau, or to come to you if you can’t come to us. Please call us, text us, or fill out our online contact form to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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