New York Civil Rights And Criminal Defense Lawyers

Police shootings and your legal rights

On Behalf of | Friday Jan 20, 2017 | Civil Rights

Let’s say you’re driving home from night school and a police officer pulls you over for speeding. You’re polite and respond to all his questions, but when you reach for the glovebox to get your license and registration, the officer gets scared.

Suddenly, the officer draws his weapon and before you know it, you’re shot. Although it sounds improbable, this could happen to anyone. The fact is, police officers are working under a lot of stress and fear these days, and they’re not always capable of making sound decisions.

If a nervous police officer shoots someone without reasonable cause, the person who gets shot will have the legal right to seek financial justice in court. At Sivin & Miller, we represent people who have been hurt like this. Over the years, we have developed a process for the successful management of these cases.

When a new police shooting matter comes through our door, we take it seriously. We make every effort to quickly determine whether our client’s rights have been violated. In order to do that, our process includes the following:

— Private investigation of the people, events and places involved in the shooting.

— Expert investigators who interview witnesses and analyze evidence to build a case in support of our clients’ claims.

— Ballistics experts who review evidence and information from the scene of the incident to reconstruct the events.

— Crime scene reconstruction experts.

— Pathologists who perform special forensic investigations in fatal shooting cases.

Have you or a loved one been shot by a police officer? At Sivin & Miller, we will talk to you about the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and advise you of your legal rights and options. Best of all, you won’t owe us a dime unless we can make a financial recovery on your behalf.