Civil Rights Law in Maryland has very strict requirements that can prevent you from bringing your case if you do not give the proper notice to the place or entity where the violators work. Notice in Maryland, typically, a required element of being able to bring your civil rights case for false arrest, unlawful detention, malicious prosecution or other claims under Maryland’s Declaration of Rights is that a notice must be given within 180 days from the date of the incident.
In addition to state claims you may also have federal law claims based on 42 U.S.C. 1983. These claims are not subject to the strict notice requirements of Maryland’s state civil rights claims, but must typically be filed within 3 years. These claims, however, unlike the state claims are subject to a defense known as ‘Qualified Immunity’ that allow police officers and other state actors or officials to escape liability if their actions were reasonable and/or the civil rights violations were not clearly established at the time the acts were committed.
The Norman Law Firm
Our Maryland Civil Rights Attorneys are top notch – experienced and dedicated to upholding the the rights clearly stated in the United States Constitution. Our lawyers are the best civil rights lawyers around. Stephen P. Norman was recognized as the Top Civil Rights Lawyer of 2013 by Delaware Today, and Daniel C. Herr was awarded the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 award from The National Trial Lawyers Association.
We have and will always offer a Free Initial Consultation where we provide our honest analysis of the pros and cons of your situation. We want you as a client for life and will never sacrifice our long term relationships with our clients for short term gain. That’s just not the way we do business. We encourage our clients to contact us by phone, email, or in person regarding any legal question they may have. If you require an attorney we will explain why and once retained, will advocate for your interests to the best of our ability. If it’s not in your best interests to retain an attorney we will provide a concise summary of our reasoning. Our goal is for you to have your legal questions answered when you leave our office.
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