What types of Civil Rights cases do you handle?

The Civil Rights lawyers at Mincey & Fitzpatrick represent clients in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Police Misconduct, and Criminal Defense.  Although every client’s story is unique, most cases fall into one of the categories below:

• Age discrimination
• Disability discrimination
• Employment Litigation
• Entitlement to medical leave
• Family Medical Leave Act
• Genetic information discrimination
• Gender Discrimination
• Labor class action
• Language and accent discrimination
• LGBTQ discrimination
• Pregnancy discrimination
• Racial discrimination
• Religious discrimination
• Retaliation for taking leave
• Retaliatory discharge
• Retaliatory termination
• Sexual harassment
• Wage, Overtime, and Hour claims
• Workplace discrimination
• Wrongful termination
Police Misconduct:
• Excessive Force
• False Arrest & Illegal Searches
• Fourth Amendment Violations
• Police Brutality
• Taser Injuries
• Wrongful shootings
• 1983 Civil Rights Abuses
Criminal Defense:
• Appeals and Post-Conviction
• Drug offenses
• Drunk Driving, DUI, DWI
• Federal & White Collar Offenses
• Felonies
• Homicide
• Misdemeanors
• Violent Crime Offenses
• Weapons Offenses

If you do not see your concerns listed above, you may still have a Civil Rights case. Please give us a call or schedule an appointment to meet with one of the Civil Rights attorneys at Mincey & Fitzpatrick.

We are blessed to live in a free society.  That freedom includes the right to be free from discrimination, harassment, brutality, and false accusations.  Federal and state laws exist with the sole purpose of helping citizens defend and uphold those rights and freedoms.

Simply put, Civil Rights law encompasses the areas of law that affect our daily living: our workplace, our communities, and our right to avoid false conviction. Civil Rights lawyers help defend your rights in Court so that you may continue to enjoy every freedom that you are entitled to enjoy.

Police officers serve honorably and with distinction. They deserve respect and appreciation.  As in all professions, however, there are some who make poor decisions.  Police officers have the power to make an arrest and take away a person’s freedom; they are given enormous responsibility, and also enormous trust. Therefore, they should always act in a way that respects the trust the public has placed in them.  When the police make decisions that violate a citizen’s civil rights, it causes a horrific breach of trust.  This disregard of the constitutional rights of the people they are supposed to protect and serve should not be tolerated. When police officers violate the Constitution, we hold them accountable through the civil justice system.

Too many people think there’s nothing they can do to fight the system.  But the only way to change the system is to fight – fight for compensation in your case and fight to change the way the police treat members of our community.  Through our diligent and aggressive representation, we have won hundreds of cases for our clients, and have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of police brutality and other misconduct.  We can do the same for you.

Defendants charged with crimes are almost always best served by obtaining a lawyer.

No one should underestimate the power of the District Attorney’s Office or community politics plays in many criminal cases.  Judges want to appear tough on crime, prosecutors are expected to obtain convictions, and police officers want the cases they investigate to end with significant jail time.  If you have been charged with a crime, you need a lawyer who is familiar with the inner workings of the criminal justice system, a lawyer with relationships with the prosecutors, and with a familiar face in the courthouse.  Our lawyers  have over 20 years of combined experience in criminal courts and are known to do whatever is necessary to represent our clients and obtain the best possible result.  Give us a call so that we can help you.

1. Write everything down. A detailed chronology of events will be crucial.
2. Take relevant photographs and keep copies of important documents and records.
3. Document your injuries, financial losses, and other damages.
4. Gather witnesses of any conduct you were subjected to.
5. Be careful whom you speak to. Silence can be your best weapon.
6. Take care of yourself before you take on your employer or the system.
7. Consult with an attorney before filing a complaint with the appropriate authority.
8. Ask your attorney to file the necessary notices to make sure you preserve your claim.
9. Don’t wait – civil rights cases have very short time limits.
When you are preparing to call or meet with a Civil Rights attorney, there are certain details we will need to evaluate your case and determine how we can best help you.
• Name(s) of all the key players and witnesses
• Chronology and location of events
• Prior employment history or criminal history

Assume that no detail is too minor to bring up. A Civil Rights attorney has far more experience than you at evaluating which details are significant. One of your “minor” details could prove pivotal in proving your case.

Unfortunately, there is no blueprint to predicting the value of a case. Every Civil Rights case is unique to the individual and offenders involved. It is nearly impossible to predict the value of any claim before a thorough investigation has occurred. Determining the worth of your claim will depend on several factors, including: the nature of the conduct that caused the harm to you or your family, the severity of the harm, employment history, the amount of past and future economic losses, the cost of future expenses, pain and suffering, family history and the impact that the harm or loss had on you or your family.