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Police Brutality

New York Police Misconduct Attorney

Helping New Yorkers Fight Back & Win!

Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect citizens and are often tasked with handling dangerous, life-threatening situations. While most are well-trained and prepared to handle these challenging situations, they sometimes overstep their boundaries and act with more force than necessary in a situation. This includes police officers, highway patrol, prison guards and other law enforcement officials who may be responsible for things like:

  • Police brutality.
  • False arrest.
  • Malicious prosecution.
  • Abuse by prison guards.

If you have suffered police brutality or false arrest, contact us today to speak to an experienced police misconduct attorney at Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. We will fight for the compensation you deserve due to law enforcement overstepping the boundaries of their authority and causing physical or emotional harm.

Police brutality and false arrest claims must follow a strict timeline, so contact one of our police misconduct attorneys as soon as possible after the incident to start your claim. We have extensive experience and will guide you through the process and discuss any obstacles you might face in the legal system. Your initial consultation with our police misconduct attorney is always free, and we don’t get paid until you do. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you or set up a Zoom consultation. Call 718-380-7440 today or fill out our contact form to speak with a police misconduct attorney today.

What To Do If Falsely Arrested?
What to Do When Hurt by Police

The first thing you should do is get the names and identification numbers of any officers involved. Even if they do not admit to hurting you, an investigation could show a pattern of violence. You may also want to keep copies of any documents associated with your case. It could help to have a record of anything that happened leading up to the event, the event itself and the consequences of the police violence. Details count.
Do Not Make These Mistakes

Many New Yorkers understand that the NYPD has authority and power, and that this could create a risk of abuse and violence. However, few have been in the terrifying position of being brutalized by police. Do not provide the police with information they can use against you. Do not post about your injuries on social media — or chat about them online — without the advice of an attorney. Try not to resist, as this could weaken your case.
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Police Brutality Questions?

We Have Answers

Do You Have a Police Brutality Case?

You need an attorney because these cases are often met with significant resistance. It is not uncommon for other officers to be reluctant to provide testimony, for example. Beyond that, you could probably expect the other side of your case to argue minute details of procedure. They would probably go well beyond statutes and regulations, citing cases that could be similar to yours. You need someone with the knowledge and experience to unravel these arguments.

Our police brutality lawyers understand what you are up against. They are here to explain the process, organize your case and help you make the choices that secure the best possible outcome in terms of compensation.

What are examples of police misconduct?

The law says that a public servant (which includes law enforcement personnel) is guilty of misconduct when:

  1. He or she intentionally commits an “unauthorized act” under the color of law, or
  2. He or she intentionally refrains from performing a duty imposed upon him or her by law.

“Unauthorized acts” include:

  • The use of excessive force,
  • Unlawful searches and seizures.
  • Wrongful and false imprisonment.
  • False arrest.
  • Police brutality.
  • Abuse of power.
Do you offer free consultations?

Yes! A free consultation to discuss your case is available either in person, on the phone, or via Zoom. There is no fee to hire us, because we only get paid when you get paid.

What should I do when questioned for or suspected of committing an offense?

Several steps will improve events if you are confronted by the police:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Do as the officer says or requests.
  3. Be polite and respectful.
  4. Stay still.

If an NYPD officer stops you while driving a car, it’s helpful to turn the vehicle off, put the keys on the dashboard, and place both hands on the steering wheel.

How do I know if I’m being detained?

If a police officer approaches you and begins to ask you questions, the first thing you need to determine is whether or not you’re being detained.
Politely ask the officer am I being detained? If the officer says no, Then ask in that case, am I free to leave, if they say yes, walk away.

If they say no, That means you are being detained.

If you’re being detained, say if I’m being detained, I won’t answer any questions without my lawyer present.

If they continue to question you, just remain silent or continue to say I don’t answer any questions without a lawyer.

This will be the hardest part, but soldier on. If they give you any orders besides answering questions, obey them, even if you believe that they have no reason to be stopping you.

If they ask you for your ID, since you are not operating a car, and New York is not a Stop and ID state. You don’t need to provide it.

However, if you have nothing to hide, providing your ID might make the detainment go faster.

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How We Help You Fight Back Against Brutality

Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C., is committed to the safety and well-being of our neighbors throughout the Five Boroughs. We want to be on the same side as the NYPD in this effort, but, unfortunately, that is not always possible. We start with investigation. We look at the officers’ duties in your situation, the environment in which the violence took place, eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence, your own actions and many other factors. After collecting the facts, we start negotiations. When the other lawyers start to see that their clients’ stories do not match the material facts of the case, they often become more reasonable. Of course, we are not afraid to take the matter to trial if necessary.
Why Choose Daniella Levi?

Our firm is passionate about creating a fairer world through legal practice. Our founder, Daniella Levi, has a successful track record with these types of cases — including a result of 5.5 million dollars for police misconduct. In her words: “There can be no substitute for passion, preparation and persistence in the practice of law.” We routinely take cases dropped by other law firms. We also offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent basis — we get paid only if you do. We are your best choice of representation for: malicious prosecution, prison abuse, NYPD violence or any breach of law-enforcement duty that results in your injury.

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What Our Clients Say
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