Experienced New Orleans Civil Rights Attorney
Our law firm can fight for your rights and demand the compensation you deserve
Civil rights abuse demands strong legal action. If your rights have been violated, it’s critical that you take a stand against the misuse of power. If you have experienced discrimination or sustained an injury at the hands of a police officer or someone else in a position of authority, you need to take a stand.
In New Orleans, civil rights lawyer John S. Williams and his legal team at The Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC can vigorously fight for your rights. Attorney Williams has more than 15 years of legal experience. He thoroughly understands the state and federal laws governing civil right violations. He’s the lawyer you want if your rights have been violated in Louisiana.
Commitment to fighting for people’s rights
Attorney Williams has dedicated his legal career to fighting for social justice and civil rights throughout the South. He served as Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division in Arkansas, where he fought for clients who fell victim to scams and business fraud. He served as the Legal Director of the Mississippi Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Through his extensive legal work, he has gained an in-depth understanding of the rules and regulations governing civil rights violations and social justice issues. He truly knows how the legal process works. When you have attorney Williams on your side, you can count on him to deliver an aggressive and passionate defense of your rights and to demand the compensation you deserve based on the facts of your case.
Workplace discrimination and civil rights violations
The United States was built on protecting the rights of individuals. Those rights continue to be expanded, from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to efforts by advocates for social justice throughout our country.
Federal and state laws in Louisiana protect individuals from being discriminated against or treated poorly, or unequally, based on certain grounds. Those grounds include:
- Age, color, and creed
- Gender, gender identification, and sexual orientation
- National origin
- Race, religion, or marital status
These rights are guaranteed to everyone under the law. Employers cannot pick and choose which laws to respect. They must abide by all of them. If you are a victim of workplace discrimination, our law firm can help you hold your employer accountable for their actions.
Police brutality and other law enforcement civil rights violations
Many civil rights violations occur during interactions with a law enforcement agency or police officer. Civil rights abuses involving the police can include:
- Police brutality – The willful physical abuse of individuals by law enforcement has made headlines throughout Louisiana and the United States. Black Lives Matter protests have been held throughout the country in response to police shootings of unarmed black people. Other examples of police brutality include excessive force used by police, assault and other forms of police misconduct. Whatever form of police brutality you have endured, attorney Williams can help you fight back and take a stand against injustice.
- Police abuse – If you interact with police officers who are not observing your rights, you may suffer abuse that takes several forms, including intimidation to make you do or say something, or causing you physical harm. For example, to sidestep the laws that protect you from being searched or having your property seized, some police officers use excessive force to make it appear that you gave law enforcement reason to abuse or assault you. These violations are well-documented. They are also clear violations of your civil rights and these police officers should be held accountable for their actions.
- Police misconduct – Along with abuse like police brutality, police misconduct can take the form of unlawfully searching you or your property or arresting you without probable cause or a warrant. You may have suffered false arrest or been threatened with physical harm by police officers. You may have also suffered physical abuse after you were arrested, or while being transported by police. Whatever form of police misconduct occurred, our law firm can vigorously defend your rights.
Law enforcement officials need to follow the same laws that apply to everyone else in this country. When they break the law and violate your rights, attorney Williams can find the facts that matter and build the strongest legal case in your defense.
Federal law gives you the legal right to pursue money compensation when your rights or the rights of your loved ones have been violated. This is especially true if a family member died due to the unlawful actions of police officers. In these cases, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Our law firm knows how to handle these sensitive cases and be there for your family every step of the way.
Other civil rights abuses in New Orleans and Louisiana
There are many other types of civil rights violations that often occur. Such violations include:
- Civil rights infringement – You and your children have the right to equal treatment and protection against abuse or discrimination based on a protected factor, like race, national origin, disability or gender. Whether the violation of your rights occurs in the workplace or in a public place, we can demand justice for you.
- Restricting your right to vote – Voter suppression can take many different forms, from refusing to allow a registered voter to cast a ballot, not counting an absentee ballot to closing polling stations early in order to prevent people from voting.
- Violating the right to a fair trial – Federal law in the United States guarantees people accused of a crime the right to a fair trial. This right is guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution. As part of that right, anyone accused of a crime has the right to a speedy trial, legal representation and an impartial judge and jury.
- Restricting the use of public facilities – Whether it’s a public school, park, library or another type of government funded building or facility, the public has a right to use these facilities as guaranteed under the law.
Whatever type of civil rights violation you may be dealing with in Louisiana, make sure you take the necessary steps to protect your rights and demand the compensation you are entitled under the law. Talk to an attorney at our New Orleans law firm.
What should I do if my civil rights have been violated?
Each civil rights violation often presents its own unique challenges and set of circumstances. In many cases, there are many things you can and should do to protect your rights and build the strongest possible legal case.
- Remain calm – Do not try to engage in a debate with the person violating your rights. This is especially true if a police officer or law enforcement official is involved. Do not escalate the situation. Your personal safety could be at risk.
- Seek medical attention – If you suffered an injury, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Be sure to keep records or receipts given to you by your doctor. Schedule a follow-up appointment as well.
- Talk to witnesses – If someone witnessed what happened to you, make sure you get their full name, address and phone number. Eyewitness testimony can be a powerful piece of evidence in many civil rights violation cases.
- Write down details – If you were threatened or abused by law enforcement or your rights were violated in any other way, write down everything you can remember about the event. Be sure to include details like time of day, what you said, what others said and what happened. Paying attention to details and keeping accurate records can help build a strong legal case for compensation.
- Call a lawyer – The sooner you talk to an experienced civil rights attorney, the better. Your lawyer can investigate your claim, help you file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (which formally investigates civil rights violations) and take any other legal action on your behalf, including filing a civil rights lawsuit, if necessary.
Put your trust in a New Orleans civil rights lawyer who fights for you
Martin Luther King Jr. famously wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” If your civil rights have been violated, the time to act is now. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with New Orleans attorney John S. Williams. By taking a stand for yourself, you will be taking a stand for everyone.
Attorney Williams built his law practice on serving the needs of people whose rights have been violated. He has an extensive background in social justice issues. He thoroughly understands the law. He knows what you’re going through. Get the help you deserve. Make an appointment today at our law firm. We’re conveniently located on Canal Street, on the streetcar line in Mid-City New Orleans.