Using the skills he learned at the Brooklyn DA’s office, Gregg primarily practices criminal defense, police brutality, civil litigation, and Title IX. Gregg’s recent work involves obtaining an acquittal for DWI and obtaining settlements against the police and Federal Bureau of Prisons.
If you believe a police officer used excessive force, unlawfully beat you during an arrest, was racially profiling you during a stop, or verbally abused you, you may have certain rights. The New York police brutality lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto may be able to assist you. Our police brutality lawyer in New York can represent you if you believe you were a victim of police misconduct.
WHAT EXACTLY IS EXCESSIVE FORCE?
Police are allowed to use force in certain situations. What constitutes excessive force from permissible force depends highly on the situation. “Excessive force” remains a fuzzy term largely because there is no standard definition for it. Ultimately, judges and juries would look at a given situation and determine if the police officer exceeded what other officers would consider reasonable force for the situation. Because every situation is unique and evolving it can be difficult to find consensus—in some situations. But in other situations, the use of force was so excessive, the officer’s actions so egregious, that the jury found that the police officer was indeed using excessive force during the arrest.
Officers are allowed to use force needed to overcome any resistance a possible perpetrator might be bringing to the scene. So, if a person is resisting arrest or trying to flee the scene of a crime, more force may be warranted than a situation where a person willingly surrenders. At the end of the day, determining if force was excessive, or if your situation was police brutality, may depend on the nature of the case, the jury selected, and other circumstances related to your encounter with police.
If you believe you have been a victim of police brutality or excessive force, you may have rights under the law. The New York police brutality lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto may be able to assist you. Our police brutality attorney can review the details of your arrest, help you understand your rights, and assist you with the next steps.
NEW YORK FALSE ARREST LAWYERS
The New York false arrest lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto can assist you if you were falsely arrested. What is false arrest? False arrest is when a police officer or another person detains another person against their will without probable cause. Under probable cause, an officer cannot make a stop or detain a person unless he or she believes a crime has been committed. Unfortunately, because of racial bias, or racial profiling, sometimes officers might use the basis of race alone for probable cause. If this is the case, and a person is detained under these pretexts, the person might be victim of a false arrest. Under the Fourth Amendment, a person cannot be arrested or detained by police unless police have probable cause to believe you committed a crime or a crime is in the process of taking place.
Probable cause is a hazy idea, and it isn’t strictly defined. Every case is unique, and every situation is also unique. Circumstances and context matters. The New York false arrest lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto can take a close look at the circumstances surrounding your arrest, the facts of your case, and other details to determine whether you were falsely arrested.
PROTECTING YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS IN NEW YORK
The New York police brutality lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto works closely with individuals who believe their civil rights have been violated by police. While many police officers work difficult and sometimes dangerous jobs and try to do their jobs to the best of their ability, some officers suffer from unconscious racial biases or unconscious biases that have not been checked. If officers haven’t been properly trained or if they hold unconscious bias, this can affect how they might interact with the public. Unconscious bias can affect how a police officer treats a suspect or handles an arrest. There has also been a long history of racial bias against people in low income or racialized neighborhoods. While the media has raised awareness about these issues, racial bias, police brutality, and false arrest continues to be a problem.
If you have been a victim of false arrest or police brutality the New York, the police brutality lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto may be able to help you. You might be entitled to pursue a lawsuit against the police officer who hurt you, or falsely arrested you. How an officer handles your arrest could also affect your criminal case if you have been charged with a crime. The Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto is a police brutality law firm in New York that fights for the civil rights of its clients.