Seeking Justice For Victims Of Government Misconduct

We rely on government entities and employees to help protect us and to hold lawbreakers accountable for their actions. However, despite these good intentions many people find themselves victims of government misconduct. Misconduct carried out on behalf of the government can take many forms. At The Law Offices of Shelley L. Stangler, P.C., our lawyer works hard to help hold government agencies accountable for their actions while helping victims recover the compensation they deserve.

Our firm's founder, attorney Shelley Stangler, has established a track record of past successes when it comes to complicated matters of government liability. She is prepared to put her experience to work for you. Call our Springfield office at 877-267-9907 to arrange a consultation to discuss your case.

Examples Of Government Misconduct

Government misconduct and civil rights abuses can occur at both state and federal levels. Some examples of government misconduct include:

Use of excessive force: Despite the tremendous public attention over issues related to police misconduct, in particular the unnecessary use of force, including lethal force on citizens, improper training and lack of supervision continue to result in harmful actions and abuse. Shelley Stangler has handled multiple excessive force claims with successful results.

False arrest and imprisonment: A police officer is required to have "probable cause" to arrest. The definition of probable cause and the evidence used to demonstrate probable cause is the starting point of any false arrest or false imprisonment claim.

Wrongful conviction: Actions carried out by police and prosecutors can result in wrongful convictions, in some cases even landing innocent people on death row. If you have been exonerated after serving time for a crime you did not commit, we will work to hold government agencies responsible for their civil rights violations.

Failure to supervise or train: The failure to implement and enforce policies and procedures can impose liability on government employees and supervisors. "Supervisory liability" demands knowledge and experience in constitutional law relating to official misconduct claims brought under the Fourteenth, Eighth and First Amendments to the United States Constitution, as well as under the New Jersey State Constitution. This law firm has experience in this complex type of matter.

Failure to supervise a person taken into custody: Once an individual has been arrested and taken into custody, the police and/or the jail department assume responsibility for that person's well-being. Failure to properly supervise a person in custody can lead to serious injury or death.

Jail suicide: Mistreatment, abuse and the general feeling of hopelessness that comes with incarceration can lead people to commit desperate acts. If you have lost a loved one to suicide while in jail or prison, we can review the case to help determine whether government misconduct may have played a role.

Personal injury claims under Title 59: There are a series of "immunities" which make it difficult to successfully bring a claim against the government for personal injuries. Everything from snow and ice removal, to the design and placement of a traffic sign, to the actions and decisions of law enforcement are regulated by the law called "Title 59". There are very short time frames to preserve your claim against the government. We are experienced in this field and can let you know whether you have a strong claim and provide appropriate guidance as to whether and how to proceed.

Contact Us If You Have Experienced A Civil Rights Violation

Civil rights are designed to protect people from experiencing unjust harm at the hands of the government. If you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of a civil rights violation, we are here to help. Call our Springfield office at 877-267-9907 to arrange a consultation, including evening appointments. You may also contact us online. We have Spanish-speaking staff.