Civil Rights
The United States Constitution provides every citizen of the country certain rights. Unfortunately, police misconduct happens all too often in this country. Law Offices of Gilbert Sperling, III is devoted to vindicating the rights of those who have been victimized by abusive police misconduct.  If you have been subject to any of the following, you may have a legal claim against the Police Department.
False Arrest
In order to make an arrest, an officer must have a reasonable belief that a crime has or is about to be committed, which must be supported by evidence. An arrest is false if the arrest is not supported by evidence. A police officer cannot make an arrest based on a non-particularized belief that a crime is about to be committed.

False Imprisonment
False imprisonment occurs when a police officer makes a non-particularized stop of an individual and refuses to allow them to leave, or when a police officer decides to show his authority in a way that would make a reasonable person believe that he or she is not free to leave.   

Illegal Searches
The Fourth amendment of the United States Constitution protects a person from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. However, there are numerous exceptions to this rule. 

Malicious Prosecution
A criminal prosecution that is pursued maliciously and without probable cause can create a civil cause of action.

Police Brutality
Police brutality includes excessive physical force. It is also applied to actions where verbal attacks and psychological intimidation are used against a person in custody.

Racial Profiling
Racial profiling occurs when a police officer uses race, ethnicity or national origin as a determining factor when investigating individuals for suspicion of a crime.