Van Nuys Civil Rights Claims Lawyers
Aggressively Representing Clients throughout the San Fernando Valley
The American justice system is founded upon the ideal of individual liberty and the proposition that all people deserve equal protection under the law. Your civil rights are fundamental protections from an overreach of government power and certain unlawful conduct by private parties. Williams And Seemen represents clients in the Van Nuys area and throughout the San Fernando Valley in civil rights actions.
We stand firm against unjust, demeaning, and discriminatory practices. Our knowledgeable team works diligently to investigate incidents of unlawful treatment to build an effective case for relief. We understand the laws prohibiting discrimination and handles all types of state and federal claims.
Staunch Advocates Protect Your Constitutional Rights
At Williams And Seemen, we represent clients whose civil rights have been violated in a range of areas.
These can include:
- Interference with free speech or peaceful assembly
- Interference with religious practices
- Illegal searches and seizures of property
- Police brutality
- False arrests and unlawful imprisonment
- Voter suppression
- Unlawful interrogation
- Unfair trials
We can seek injunctive relief in the form of court orders to end violations, as well as monetary damages for certain types of egregious mistreatment.
Protecting Your Rights in the Private Sector
The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1965 removed many barriers to equal protection that existed due to state laws that had institutionalized discrimination. Since then, Congress has passed additional protections to outlaw discriminatory practices in the workplace.
Williams And Seemen litigates claims of discrimination related to civil rights violations based on:
- Age (ADEA)
- Disability (ADA)
- Equal compensation (Title VII, EPA, Lily Ledbetter Act, FLSA)
- Genetic information (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008)
- National origin (Title VII)
- Pregnancy (Title VII, FMLA)
- Race or ethnicity (Title VII)
- Religion (Title VII)
- Gender (Title VII)
- Sexual harassment (Title VII)
- Workplace retaliation (Title VII, ADEA, ADA, EPA)
If you’ve experienced discrimination on the job, you should consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. Failure to file your claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within the statutory filing period may cost you the right to have your case heard.
Get Started Today
If your civil rights have been violated in California, Williams And Seemen is ready to handle your claim in state and federal courts.
Call (818) 536-7776 now to meet with our team.
I've been arrested, what should I do?
First, remain silent. Just because you are arrested, it does not automatically mean charges will be filed against you. Staying quiet, however, is the most important decision you can make If you are ever questioned by police, do not give a statement. Be polite, calm, and state, “I am choosing to remain silent, I want a lawyer.” Once any statements are made, those admissions can very well be enough to have the case filed. Do not consent to searches, this too allows officers to do anything they want to your property and you, and by giving them consent you make their jobs even easier. Once you are arrested, it is true the police no longer need your permission or a warrant to search–they are allowed to search your person and what is within your immediate control–however, they still will need your permission or a warrant to search certain things, for example a cell phone, so, never consent to a search when the officers ask for your permission. Never flee or run–this makes things worse–additional charges can be added, and worse you can be hurt–tased, shot, beat, you name it. Once in a holding cell, stay quiet as well. Anyone can be a snitch and the jail cell or even the backseat of the patrol car could be wired for sound–save the conversations with your lawyer, which are confidential and cannot hurt you. Also, once you are out, do not post about your case on social media. District Attorneys, City Attorneys and yes police monitor social media–and what you say or WRITE can and will be used against you.
The police NEVER read me my rights - case dismissed, right?
Wrong. Please note, the police do not have to read you your rights–the law requires them to do so before they QUESTION you about your involvement in the crime. If you are interrogated, and you are not Mirandized, then any statements you make can be challenged and thrown out in court.
How do I bail out of jail?
Once arrested and jailed, there is a process allowing the person arrested to get released from jail. The accused may be released from jail for exchange of money–hence BAIL. A promise of property also works as a promise you will return to Court for all hearings. You cannot miss a court date when released on bail. If you make all court dates your bail is refunded to you whether you are found innocent or guilty. The bail amount depends on the jurisdiction where you are arrested and the Judge. Other factors that decide how large the bail amount is is the seriousness of the crime, your record and previous or current bench warrants. A judge can also release the accused without the requirement of posting bail–called being released on your own recognizance (“OR.”) If you cannot afford bail–or have no property to post, you can hire a bail bonds agent. A bonds agent promises to pay the full amount of bail to the court if you do not show up to Court, thus the bonds agent will have to find someone responsible for paying any costs they have to incur to track you down. In exchange for posting the full bond, the bonds agent will ask you to pay about eight to ten percent of your bond which is NONREFUNDABLE. So why hire a bonds agent? Because you can get out of jail for far less then paying the full bail amount. Your attorney will have a trusted bonds agent, so do not forget to contact your attorney if you are interested in bonding out of jail.