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Alabama Civil Rights Lawyers

Civil rights protect the core freedoms and liberties guaranteed to all individuals under constitutional and statutory law. Understanding when those rights have been infringed and seeking legal redress is critical for both justice and social progress. As a civil rights law firm based in Alabama, we have an in-depth understanding of the institutional biases that can deprive citizens of their basic rights. We fight passionately for those rights.

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Our Commitment to Civil Rights

For several decades, the attorneys at Southern Med Law have been dedicated advocates for civil rights in Alabama and across the South, and we have served as designated trial counsel on landmark civil rights cases with organizations such as the NAACP. Our firm understands the complex web of laws concerning police misconduct, prison neglect and abuse, unlawful detention practices, and more. We leverage our experience and knowledge toward our mission of seeking justice.

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Civil Rights Cases We Handle

Police Brutality

Police brutality involves the excessive and unlawful use of force by law enforcement. This can encompass physical harm, verbal assaults, humiliation, false arrests, racial profiling, sexual misconduct, and even homicide at the hands of police officers. Some common examples of police brutality include:

  • Wrongful shootings, often racially motivated
  • Assaults with fists, batons and tasers
  • Intimidation tactics and non-physical harassment
  • Sexual assault during unwarranted searches
  • Use of excessive restraints like hogtying

Securing justice for victims and preventing future misconduct is crucial. Our team can negotiate settlements, while also pushing for policy reforms. We give voice to the vulnerable against the unjust exercise of authority by those sworn to protect.

Wrongful Imprisonment

The nightmare of wrongful imprisonment deprives innocent men and women of their freedom and dignity for crimes they did not commit. We aggressively pursue exonerations and fair compensation for all those who were failed by the legal system and imprisoned against their constitutional rights.

Our dedicated wrongful conviction attorneys assist in cases involving situations such as:

  • Retesting of DNA and other forensic evidence
  • Recantation of inaccurate eyewitness testimonies
  • Reviews of police and prosecutorial misconduct
  • Presentation of solid alibi evidence
  • Discovery of evidence unlawfully withheld during trial

Once justice has finally been served, we work closely with our wrongfully convicted clients to rebuild their lives. Our legal team supports them in obtaining pardons, finding employment, and availing of state compensation programs. Though we cannot give back the years lost, we empower victims to look ahead to a better future.

Inmate Abuse and Assault

Within the confines of America’s prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers inmate-on-inmate violence remains a constant while abusive staff often act with impunity. Our firm places accountability front and center through relentless investigation and litigation against penal systems.

We work to secure justice and compensation for victims of:

  • Sexual assault and misconduct by guards and staff
  • Claims of ongoing harassment, humiliation, and hazing
  • Physical beatings, isolation, or suffocation by officers
  • Violence or intimidation condoned between cellmates
  • Inhumane practices like shackling or excessive solitary confinement

By refusing to turn a blind eye to prisoner abuse, our litigation plays a crucial role in reforming the institutional cultures that allow it. No sentence, regardless of the crime, should subject one to torture and indignity. We protect the powerless against the powerful.

Prison Medical Neglect

Inadequate access to healthcare behind bars leads to suffering and lost lives across U.S. prisons, as corrections officials turn a blind eye. Our firm advocates for populations extremely vulnerable to medical neglect such as juveniles, women, disabled, and chronically or terminally ill inmates denied essential care.

Successful litigation corrects life-threatening oversights, such as:

  • Failure to provide access to doctor visits and medicine
  • Ignoring serious injuries, conditions, and disabilities
  • Staff inappropriately refusing medical paroles
  • Botched diagnoses or negligent treatments
  • No mental health support given clear self-harm risks

Often cases end in negotiation and settlement. When that fails, we take prison systems to court and fight until real accountability for preventable deaths or damages is achieved. The law cannot bring back what was lost but it can prevent future negligence.

Suicide in Custody

Incarceration carries an exceptionally high risk of suicide yet preventative standards across corrections remain dangerously low. Through legal action, our firm pressures jails, prisons, and detention centers to meet their duty of suicide prevention for at-risk groups.

We provide legal consultation around demoralizing factors contributing to inmate suicide, such as:

  • Failure to monitor psychiatric medicine compliance
  • Ignoring or mishandling self-harm threats
  • Isolating those denied parole or after sentencing
  • Disproportionate discipline measures or overcrowding
  • Inadequate mental health training for officers

Successful suits provide evidence to terminate officers, install prevention safeguards like 24/7 surveillance, and push agencies to compartmentalize at-risk groups.

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Understanding Your Rights

Navigating the intricacies of constitutional rights requires an experienced guide. Our team at Southern Med Law aims to empower the public through education around the core civil liberties and protections guaranteed even during interactions with law enforcement:

Fourth Amendment Rights

Freedom from excessive force and unlawful violations of person and property lies at the heart of the Fourth Amendment. This includes protection against:

  • Violent physical contact beyond what is absolutely necessary to restrain, including beatings with fists, batons, or other weapons
  • Any form of physical or verbal sexual harassment during searches
  • Humiliating and threatening language meant to provoke or intimidate
  • Investigatory detentions without probable cause, including racial profiling

Additionally, the Fourth Amendment upholds the right to privacy against unreasonable searches or seizures without a court-sanctioned warrant, including:

  • Homes, vehicles, and personal property (backpacks, phones)
  • Bodily samples like blood or saliva
  • Personal correspondence and data

Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment Rights

Multiple amendments uphold legal due process in civil and criminal proceedings. These require:

  • Fair and expedient trials by a jury of peers
  • Presumption of innocence unless decisively proven guilty
  • Protections against self-incrimination or indefinite detentions without charges

Eighth Amendment Rights

Despite their crimes, the Constitution expressly forbids cruel and unusual punishment of incarcerated individuals including:

  • Physical or sexual assault by staff and other inmates
  • Prolonged solitary confinement or sensory deprivation
  • Public shaming or degrading living conditions
  • Denial of exercise, nutrition, medical care, or religious freedom

By thoroughly documenting transgressions, we can hold agencies accountable for permitted abuse within their walls. No person relinquishes their essential rights so long as they remain on U.S. soil. Together, we can ensure those rights apply equally to all.

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Why Choose Us?

With a successful track record of high-profile civil rights cases, we have demonstrated our in-depth knowledge and commitment to this area of law. We possess vast legal resources and a network of expert witnesses. Our reputation also gives us strong negotiating leverage with agencies and departments.

To discuss your civil rights case, reach out for a free case review. Call us at (205) 564-2741 or message us online. Together, we can work to defend your rights.