New York Civil Rights Attorney

As a former NYPD officer, New York City civil rights attorney Michael Delakas is well-versed in the law and constitutional rights of individuals when it comes to contact with law enforcement. Law enforcement is a dangerous job requiring quick decisions and reactions to unpredictable situations. However, police officers are trained in the law and the appropriate response to a variety of situations. When the police act inappropriately and violate the law they are sworn to uphold, from questionable stops to false arrest and police brutality, Michael A. Delakas, Esq. is ready to hold the police department accountable and seek justice and compensation for victims of civil rights violations, including punitive damages where appropriate.

NYPD Civil Rights Violations

There are many ways in which the police may violate an individual’s civil rights. These actions may be the result of an individual overzealous or out-of-control officer, or they may be due to a departmental stop, question and frisk policy or other policing that disregards an individual’s constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures or arrests without probable cause. Michael Delakas stands up for the rights of people harmed by a number of civil rights violations, including:

  • False or warrantless arrests
  • Excessive force and police brutality
  • Wrongful use of deadly force
  • Police harassment
  • Jail abuse
  • Unlawful use of K-9 attack dogs
  • Racial profiling
  • Illegal stops
  • Unreasonable search and seizure
  • Failure to give Miranda warnings
  • Mishandling evidence
  • Failure to turn over evidence favorable to the accused

Fighting Malicious Prosecution and Other Prosecutorial Misconduct

In some ways, prosecutors are the most powerful individuals in the criminal justice system. They have the power to decide when to bring charges against people and what charges to file. This power can be abused. When a state attorney or county district attorney initiates proceedings in bad faith or without probable cause, and the proceedings are later terminated in favor of the accused, such as through a dismissal of charges, an acquittal or not guilty verdict, then the state may be liable to the accused in civil court for malicious prosecution. We help victims of prosecutorial misconduct recover damages for the harm done to them for civil rights violations at the hands of state and county prosecutors.
Stop Civil Rights Abuses in New York City

Michael Delakas seeks justice for victims of civil rights violations in New York state courts and in the federal courts for deprivation of civil rights under 42 U.S.C. section 1983. If you have been the victim of civil rights abuses in New York City, contact Michael A. Delakas for a free consultation about your rights and the possible remedies available to you.


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