Civil Rights Cases
We hold prison and jail officials accountable for their behavior.
Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and humanely regardless of the crime or regardless of why they are in prison or jail. Punishment should not be cruel or unusual and inmates should have access to appropriate medical care and treatment when necessary.
If you or a loved one was injured or died while in a prison, a jail, a juvenile detention center, or even police custody, you have a right to learn the circumstances surrounding the personal injury or death. And in some cases of negligence, you may have a right to file a lawsuit.
Being in prison does not give the system the right to deprive you of needs such as medical attention or inmates the right to rape you or for you to be beaten up or otherwise injured
EXAMPLES OF CASES WE HANDLE:
- inmates have suffered serious, life-threatening infections because of unsanitary conditions.
- injuries when inmate transport vehicles are driven carelessly.
- Cruel and unusual punishment injuries or suffering.
- Prisoner denied medical care or necessary medical attention.
- Inmates may be assaulted by guards or other inmates
In these cases, the correctional facility may be liable for catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, or wrongful death.
Formerly called expungement, record restriction is a process that hides arrest records and convictions from your criminal history report. Once your records have been restricted, only law enforcement will have access to them for criminal justice purposes. Generally, Georgia allows you to restrict your records in three different scenarios:
- You were not convicted – you were arrested, but not convicted. Even if you are not convicted, the arrest will show up on your record in a background check unless you have it restricted.
- You were a youthful offender – People who were arrested before they were 21 and have completed their sentence (including probation) can often have their records restrictions. There are certain offenses, however, that can never be restricted no matter how old you were when arrested.
- You were charged with a felony and convicted of an unrelated misdemeanor – If you were arrested for a felony but convicted of a misdemeanor, your record will still show a felony charge in a background check. You can and should have this changed as soon as possible.
Restricting your records is recommended whenever possible. Though it may not impact your day-to-day life, marks on your criminal record will come back to hurt you when applying for jobs, trying to rent property, or starting a new business.