There are many situations in life where you might encounter a person who has some authority over you. For instance, in your New Mexico workplace, you might have a boss. If you are pulled over in a traffic stop, the police officer has the authority to make certain decisions or to give you instructions. If you are a student or teacher, school administrators have authority. Regardless, no person of authority should ever violate your civil rights.
Sadly, this sort of thing happens all the time. Many people have fallen victim to police brutality, sexual assault, racial or ethnic discrimination in the workplace, unlawful search and seizure, and more. When a civil rights violation occurs, it’s imperative that you know where to seek support.
Assess the damages
If someone in authority has violated your civil rights, it is important to assess the damage. You might have physical injuries. The violation of your rights might also have caused you severe emotional trauma, loss of wages or post-traumatic stress disorder. You can seek financial recovery for your losses by filing a legal claim in a civil court.
The Law Office of Ryan J. Villa, in New Mexico, is dedicated to helping people seek justice when members of authority have committed civil rights violations against them. If you would like an experienced civil rights attorney to review your case, you may request a meeting by using the contact form on our website. The U.S. Constitution protects you against discrimination or violence in the workplace and beyond. It is possible to hold people accountable for their actions when they have violated another person’s rights.