Based in Birmingham, MI, Marcel Benavides is the Leading Police Misconduct Attorney Fighting for Justice in Michigan
Are You the Victim of False Arrest, Malicious Prosecution, Excessive Force (Police Brutality), or Other Type of Police Misconduct?
At The Marcel Benavides Law Office, we tirelessly fight for victims of police misconduct. Our attorneys understand that you have just been through an incredibly traumatic experience and may have questions about what to do next. Contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss the details of your case and possible defense strategies.
No matter how complex the case may be, by choosing to work with us, you can be confident that you have a team backing you that will do all it takes to see that justice is restored on your behalf.
Why Choose Us to Handle Your Police Misconduct Case?
- Former counsel experience for the Chicago Police Department
- Former prosecution experience
- Proven track record of successful trial cases
- Received high seven figure settlements in civil police misconduct cases
- Received one of the highest settlements in Michigan for a death in custody case
Founding attorney, Marcel Benavides, is a former in-house trial legal counselor for the Chicago Police Department. This gives him an invaluable perspective of how police misconduct cases work, and the ability to maintain a thorough understanding of cases from both sides of the courtroom.
Know Your Rights – What Constitutes Police Misconduct in Michigan?
Police misconduct occurs when an officer violates protocol and is overly aggressive or abusive to a civilian. Police misconduct can happen during the initial point of contact, during an arrest, or even during the interrogation that occurs after the arrest. Whether this is physical, verbal, or emotional abuse of civilians, there are many ways an officer may take their position of authority too far.
There are numerous examples of police misconduct, including but not limited to:
- False arrest
- False imprisonment
- Malicious prosecution
- Deliberate indifference (ignoring medical needs while in custody)
- Use of excessive force (police brutality)
- Illegal search and seizure
- Racial profiling
- Selective enforcement of power
- Taser abuse
- Unnecessary shootings
- Use of coercion or force to obtain a confession
Do You Believe You Were the Victim of False Arrest or Malicious Prosecution? Let a Top Michigan Attorney Fight for Your Rights
Were you the victim of a false arrest? If so, it may be in your best interest to contact an Oakland County police misconduct lawyer. At The Marcel Benavides Law Office, we take false arrest cases very seriously, because we feel that no individual should ever be the victim of police misconduct.
Over our 15+ years of service, we have represented countless false arrest victims, and we always put our best foot forward in ensuring that the rights of our clients are protected. No individual should have to sit in a jail cell for an invalid reason, and our team works tirelessly to restore justice on behalf of the individuals who have been forced to do so.
Know Your Rights - What is False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution?
False arrest is when an individual’s liberty or freedom is unlawfully restrained. A law enforcement officer needs to have more than just a suspicion before making an arrest, there must be “substantial chance” that criminal activity has occurred. Malicious prosecution is the act of charging an individual with a crime without probable cause, or with the knowledge that the suspect is innocent.
There are many reasons that an officer might make a false arrest, such as:
- Lack of probable cause
- Misidentification of the suspect because of sloppy investigation work
- Malicious intent (i.e. the officer's attempt to frame the suspect)
If the defendant is able to get the undeserved charges resolved in his or her favor, he or she may be eligible to file a prosecution lawsuit against the law enforcement agency. Should you choose to retain our representation, we will do everything we can to help right the wrong that has been done against you. Our founder is a former legal counselor for the Chicago Police Department, giving him an insider's perspective into how police cases are handled. This gives our clients an advantage, as we are able to predict the actions the opposing side may take, and counteract them.
We Specialize in Getting Justice for Victims of Police Misconduct
Although you may be feeling overwhelmed at the situation, you are not alone. At The Marcel Benavides Law Office, we have a proven track record of success, and all our police cases are filed on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients owe us nothing unless we win their case. For more information about police misconduct or the services we have to offer, do not hesitate to give our firm a call today! You have no reason to wait, and every reason to begin your case today. Contact our firm to schedule your free case evaluation!