If one or more police officers harmed you or a loved one during a routine traffic stop, violated your rights, harassed you, applied excessive force, etc. and you are considering suing the police department they are employed with, you should first consult with a police brutality attorney. While anyone has the right to sue, it does cost time and money and you need to be sure your case is strong enough to stand in court. The truth is, not all police misconduct victims are able to secure a favorable outcome in their case which is why you will need the best police brutality lawyers in Fairfax, VA working for you.
What you need to know about the filing a lawsuit against a VA police department
When you choose to sue a police department for officer misconduct, you need to go into your case prepared and with enough supporting evidence. This is something a police brutality lawyer will be able to help you gather. Some acceptable forms of evidence might include:
- Photos of your injuries and/or property damage.
- Videos taken at the time the incident occurred. You should know that you are permitted to video record an officer as long as it is done in a public place and is not interfering with an investigation.
- Witness statements. If there were others around at the time the officer harassed you, applied excessive force, or engaged in any other act of misconduct, and they are willing to testify on your behalf, you will want to obtain a witness statement from them and keep their contact information handy in the event you need them to attend a court hearing.
- Medical reports. If the officer’s inappropriate behavior led to you suffering injuries which required you to seek medical attention, you will want to obtain a copy of what type of care you had to have rendered during your visit to the hospital or to see your physician.
There may be other forms of evidence that can be utilized in your case and a Fairfax, VA police brutality lawyer will be able to identify what these are for you.
Once you know that you have a solid basis for filing suit, you can file your claim against the police department with the Fairfax County Circuit Court. This Court handles various types of cases including personal injury and permits you to sue for up to $25,000. Now, you may be able to file your claim in person or by mail but you need to be aware that the clerks in this Court will not provide you with any type of legal advice. What this means is that the clerks will only answer questions such as “Where do I put someone’s name” but will not explain what forms you need to fill out to get your claim filed.
Therefore, if you’d like to learn more about the lawsuit process or receive help from a legal expert with getting your claim filed, you can always contact Nolan & Mroz, PLC. The attorneys at this firm have more than 160 years’ worth of legal experience and will do everything in their power to help you secure a favorable outcome in your case.
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Dunn Loring, VA 22027