Santa Rosa Civil Rights Lawyer

To safeguard citizens’ unalienable rights, the United States Constitution places limits on the power of the government. Affected citizens have a claim at law when local, state, or federal authorities overreach their grasp beyond those limits. Our passionate Santa Rosa civil rights lawyer at the Law Office of Kasra Parsad advocates on behalf of the people in the Bay area and throughout California. Whether you have been subjected to racial profiling, falsely arrested or unlawfully detained, or treated with excessive force by the police, we will fight for the remedy under the law you deserve.

What Are Civil Rights?

Civil rights are personal rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. These rights protect citizens’ freedom from infringement by the government and private individuals. Examples of rights granted by the U.S. Constitution include

Civil rights are also guaranteed by federal laws enacted by Congress. One such example is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This federal law guarantees the right to be free from employment discrimination based on:

    • Sex
    • Religion
    • Color
    • National origin, and
    • Sex

Passionate Civil Rights Attorneys Hold The Government Accountable

At the Law Office of Kasra Parsad, our Santa Rosa civil rights attorney represents clients whose civil rights have been infringed upon in a range of areas:

We are persistent lawyers that know the law and fight for favorable outcomes in both state and federal courts. For every stage of the judicial process, including settlement, trial, and appeal, we offer intelligent counsel and put effective plans into action. As soon as possible, you’ll want to connect with our Santa Rosa civil rights attorney to assess your options.

Take Action Against Law Enforcement For Violating Your Rights

If your civil rights were violated by state or local police as a result of police misconduct, our Santa Rosa civil rights lawyer can file a Section 1983 civil rights lawsuit on your behalf. Section 1983 requires you to prove that an officer deprived you of your civil rights while acting under the color of law. In plain terms, this means the officer committed the violation while acting in their official capacity. Not only can the individual officer be held liable, but liability can be found against the police department, town, or county.

Remedies that can result from a successful Section 1983 claim include:

    • Injunctive relief – an order issued by the court to prevent future misconduct
    • Compensatory damages – monetary relief awarded to compensate the plaintiff for their losses. These include: pain and suffering, reduced earning capacity, past and future lost wages, past and future medical bills
    • Punitive damages – damages awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter future engregious behavior, and
    • Attorney’s fees

Examples of civil rights violations by law enforcement include:

Hate Crime Attorneys That Will Vindicate Your Rights

If you were the victim of a hate crime, you can file a Ralph Act claim against the offender. In 1976, the California Legislature enacted the Ralph Civil Rights Act to protect individuals in protected classes from intimidation or harm because of their status in a protected class. All persons in California have a civil right to be free from violence or threats of violence committed against them or their property because of:

    • Sex
    • Gender
    • Gender identity
    • Gender expression
    • Race
    • Color
    • Religion
    • Ancestry
    • National origin
    • Disability
    • Medical condition
    • Genetic information
    • Marital status
    • Sexual orientation
    • Citizenship
    • Primary language
    • Immigration status
    • Age
    • Political affiliation

A successful Ralph Act claim will show that the plaintiff’s perceived status in a protected class was the reason for the threats or violence against them. Our Santa Rosa civil rights lawyer can help you recover:

      • A civil penalty of $25,000 
      • Compensatory damages – monetary relief awarded to compensate the plaintiff for their losses. These include: pain and suffering, reduced earning capacity, past and future lost wages, past and future medical bills
      • Punitive damages – damages awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter future engregious behavior, and
      • Attorney’s fees

    What About My Other Civil Rights?

    For all other civil rights, our Santa Rosa civil rights lawyer can bring a Tom Bane Act claim against anyone who interfered or tried to interfere with your civil rights through:

      • Violence
      • Threats of violence
      • Intimidation, or
      • Coercion

    Examples of a Bane Act claim are using violence or threats of violence to stop others from exercising their civil rights to freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the right to vote, or bear arms.

    A successful plaintiff can recover:

        • A civil penalty of $25,000 
        • Compensatory damages – monetary relief awarded to compensate the plaintiff for their losses. These include: pain and suffering, reduced earning capacity, past and future lost wages, past and future medical bills
        • Punitive damages – damages awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter future engregious behavior, and
        • Attorney’s fees

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