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Civil Rights Lawyers

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 18 Sep 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Civil Rights Lawyers Legal

Civil rights lawyers can help with a number of legal issues including hate crimes and religious and racial discrimination. Civil rights lawyers and solicitors deal with a huge number of issues and many specialise in certain areas such as immigration or employment discrimination.

Civil Rights and the Law

The public has a number of civil rights that allow them to lead their lives without fear of discrimination based on their religious beliefs, race, sexuality and disability. Civil rights are also designed to protect citizens from issues such as unreasonable police searches, disability rights and employment rights. If infringement of civil rights comes to the point when legal action is required then civil rights lawyers will be able to advise a course of action.

Civil Rights Issues

Infringement of civil rights covers a wide range of issues. Civil rights lawyers can help with:

  • Immigration and citizenship problems
  • Discrimination cases due to race, colour, disability, age, sexuality and gender
  • Harassment cases such as harassment by debt collection agencies
  • Police misconduct
  • Hate crimes
  • Fair housing issues
  • Protection of privacy issues

How Lawyers Can Help

Civil rights lawyers have been trained in the many aspects of civil law. Everyone has the right to representation of a lawyer if a civil right has been infringed. If the matter cannot be resolved by talking directly to the people involved then legal action may be the only option to take. Legal action on civil rights matters can be expensive and should only be used as a last resort. There will not be a charge for the initial appointment to discuss the matter and the lawyers will be able to assess the overall costs.

Finding a Lawyer

It should not be too difficult to find a civil rights lawyer. Nearly all law firms will have lawyers or solicitors that deal with civil rights issues unless they are a specialist practice. Citizens Advice offices will be able to provide contact details for lawyers for specific types of cases. The Internet is also a good source of information and most law firms will have their own websites with details of the cases they will take. Legal aid may be available for those who cannot afford to pay for representation.

Lawyers Fees

Lawyer’s legal fees can be expensive and they will usually charge by the hour. Legal aid may be available for those who cannot afford to pay. This matter should be discussed with the lawyer at the initial meeting. There are a number of different circumstances that are taken into account regarding the decision to supply legal aid. Circumstances can include partner’s financial income and also any state benefits claimed by the person applying for legal aid.

Alternatives to Court Action

There are alternatives to using civil rights lawyers if you do have civil rights problems. There are ombudsmen available that can resolve complaints against various organisations and companies. Ombudsmen are impartial, independent and do not charge a fee. They will be members of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association (BIOA) and if payment is needed for their services it may be reclaimable. Ombudsmen will be able to make judgements on a number of issues and if they are upheld then they will make the company rectify their error. More information on ombudsmen can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Everyone is entitled to legal representation regardless of whether the issue is a civil rights case or not. Infringement of civil rights should not be tolerated and civil rights lawyers are there to help. They will be able to advise on the best course of action and actually assess how strong the case will be. Talking to a civil rights lawyer will be the best way to assess whether or not to take the matter forward to the legal courts.

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stu - Your Question:
Me and my two children are being refused a house because of an offense I committed over seven years ago even though ive never had a tenancy with any housing association before. They ley us bid onhouses for 1p months then said after showing us around a house, "no we do want to give you a house anymore". I have kept out of trouble for nearly eight yrs and both my children have never been in trouble.

Our Response:
We can't really comment on this as we don't have all the details. Take a look at the allocations policy of the Housing Association, if you feel you have been unfairly treated, talk to a councillor, MP or the Ombudsman for more advice.
CivilRightsMovement - 19-Sep-17 @ 12:59 PM
Me and my two children are being refused a house because of an offense I committed over seven years ago even though ive never had a tenancy with any housing association before. They ley us bid onhouses for 1p months then said after showing us around a house, "no we do want to give you a house anymore". I have kept out of trouble for nearly eight yrs and both my children have never been in trouble.
stu - 18-Sep-17 @ 12:47 AM
I left London around August 3rd to go to Scotland for the sole purpose of writing. About a week after arriving, on Sat Aug 12, I went to have a coffee in the morning at a local cafe. When parking I made a sudden manouver which was uncharacteristic of me. A blue car with tinted windows pulled up in front of me, very aggressively, and then pulled away. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but when looking back I realised how unusual and out of place the car was; in addition, no one got out of the car, it simply pulled away. On the same day, I saw a man with short, dark hair twice following me about the town centre. I have seen that same man several times when back in England. It was the following day that I came to understand that I was being watched by the police. I knew this because two weeks prior to leaving London, I heard the neighbours arguing over this. The girl was saying: “I’m going to do it. I’m going to tell the police.” The boyfriend shouted at her, saying: “Just f*****g do it!” to which she replied: “I will.” I know when I left London she did indeed call the police. She had been threatening to do things for a long while, bot because she believed I was a terrorist, but because she was angry about the dogs. The two investigating officers were well aware of this when they went back to reassure her that I was not a terrorist a couple of days after she made the initial complaint. The following week I again saw the man with short, dark hair driving past my flat, but didn’t think anything of it. My suspicions were further aroused when I went to Shelter to do some voluntary work. When I returned the following day, I noticed a distinct difference in how the manager of the shop was towards me. I then came to realise that not only were the police watching me, but they were also following me about and talking to people about me. I left Scotland afraid and confused on Sat 19th Aug. When I returned to London I noticed a couple of cars following me. I felt extremely uncomfortable, as I had done my whole time in Scotland. When stopping at the service station I felt an acute extremely uncomfortable as I was aware I was being watched. The following week I went to my mother’s house. In the morning I saw the neighbours being moved out, and came to understand that they were next door listening in. I believe they did the same thing when I visited her for a second time the following week. On Sunday (either 20th or 27th) I walked the dogs with my partner in Boston Manor Park. Again I saw the man with sort, dark hair, wearing a baseball cap, shorts and t-shirt. I went to see my sister in Green Park. Whilst there we had coffee, and I noticed that the area around me had been cleared which was unusual as it was a busy day. Whilst driving back, I noticed three cars following me on the A4: a clio, which was also followingme to Green Park, being driven by a woman with long dark hair (possibly a wig), a mini (being driven by a man who looks similar
harmi - 15-Sep-17 @ 9:02 AM
Hi I was physically assaulted and racially abused by a woman in a shop on Wednesday May 11th 2016. There had been two witnesses and she had been seen on CCTV however the Midlands Police are saying that they can not identify her even though she is local according to the Police who I gave my statement too and now the case is closed and the Police told me to put it behind me and I am not going to why is my Human Rights or where is there Justice if I walk away. I have suffered far too much racism and been physically assaulted numerous times even had to flee my childhood family home in Lincolnshire so I need a Civil Rights Solicitor but on legal aid because I am not working and I have two Long-term Chronic Disabilities. Hope you can take on my case.
Lil - 23-Jul-16 @ 10:50 PM
I din't have one - Your Question:
I have been accused of racial allegations by Asians of which I am 100% innocent having used the same dry cleaning shop for 20 years. So what was this?I was also subjected to 'as my solicitor' commented one of the worst cases of verbal abuse and bullying, she has ever witnessed. I am 70 years of age. The ;police were trying to make me admit to a crime I had not committed.I had taken 3 items of clothes into be dry cleaned in May. 2 were virtually trashed. I asked for them to be redone, they refused. I asked for recompense. They refused.I left the shop telling them I was reporting them to Trading Standards and the Olney Business club.3 weeks later on a Saturday morning at 10 am I was telephoned by New Port Pagnell police station telling me they where coming to arrest me and then cautioned me but no reason given. I asked why? Racial allegations from the dry cleaners, a list as long as one's arm. by a woman who has a criminal record. All my proof and evidence was dismissed by the police. They threw it to one sideI have been told now by 2 solicitors that I can face imprisonment. Discounted all my evidence, told me I would be imprisoned because I had accused coloured immigrants of a crime against me. Imprisonment and a police record when I am innocent 70 year old widow, recovering from cancer, I have a heart condition and severe asthma and have never committed any crime in my life.One solicitor actually admitted I had an exemplary record. But the police take the word of a criminal without believing one word from me. As the police tapes confirmWhy so many solicitors? Because they feel the case is lost before it has begunI am sorry for being white and English but I was born that way.Because this is an appalling case of reverse discrimination and complete abuse of my civil rights.Do I have any, anymore?Please help me?Can you recommend anyone who would help me and my rights and the fact that I am white and EnglishThank youSandra Marshall

Our Response:
This is one for the courts to hear unfortunately. We do not have sufficient information to comment effectively.
CivilRightsMovement - 11-Nov-15 @ 10:53 AM
I have been accused of racial allegations by Asians of which I am 100% innocent having used the same dry cleaning shop for 20 years. So what was this? I was also subjected to 'as my solicitor' commented one of the worst cases of verbal abuse and bullying, she has ever witnessed. I am 70 years of age. The ;police were trying to make me admit to a crime I had not committed. I had taken 3 items of clothes into be dry cleaned in May. 2 were virtually trashed. I asked for them to be redone, they refused. I asked for recompense. They refused. I left the shop telling them I was reporting them to Trading Standards and the Olney Business club. 3 weeks later on a Saturday morning at 10 am I was telephoned by New Port Pagnell police station telling methey where coming to arrest me and then cautioned me but no reason given. I asked why? Racial allegations from the dry cleaners, a list as long as one's arm. by a woman who has a criminal record. All my proof and evidence was dismissed by the police. They threw it to one side I have been told now by 2 solicitors that I can face imprisonment. Discounted all my evidence, told me I would be imprisoned because I had accused coloured immigrants of a crime against me. Imprisonment and a police record when I am innocent 70 year old widow, recovering from cancer, I have a heart condition and severe asthma and have never committed any crime in my life. One solicitor actually admitted I had an exemplary record. But the police take the word of a criminal without believing one word from me. As the police tapes confirm Why so many solicitors? Because they feel the case is lost before it has begun I am sorry for being white and English but I was born that way. Because this is an appalling case of reverse discrimination and complete abuse of my civil rights. Do I have any, anymore? Please help me? Can you recommend anyone who would help me and my rights and the fact that I am white and English Thank you Sandra Marshall
I din't have one - 10-Nov-15 @ 10:02 AM
In mag CRT my battery bond first said no contact. 52 later I receive or with no violence. I've never committed battery. Pt took to much meds and hallucinated, swinging, hitting, trying to drive at night at 82 with bad hearing and sight. He cut, bruised himself bad. I put my arms so he could stop. Onlookers thought different. I have battery for complying to my ethics and safety duties.the first bond said no contact in mag CRT but 52 days later the state said no violence.. Months passed and a knock and 4-5 black suited cops and transport said I broke my no contact. They were wrong and believe or my state or bond. I went to jail for 24hrs with no paperwork,nothing. Later that next called my name released and said sorry, we did not see the state amend of my bond. The cops should have protocol , they would of never assaults 7 strong into an 82 yr olds house and me. That false arrest, imprison, kidnapping.
David - 20-May-14 @ 10:28 AM
My exhusband has fraudantly stlolen money from my personal account and opened account in the Internet ofmy personal account withoutmy knowledge he has admitted owing me money in cafcass report Iseek legal help thanks gita
tina - 17-Oct-13 @ 10:12 AM
I bought a car from a dealer few hours later noticed it was faulty took it back to him till now the dealer hasn't refunded my money. My only problem he is advertising the car before he refund what he owe me. Is this allowed by law. I got the receipt of purchase nothing else and the car wasn't registered in my name cause he refused to give me the logbook. He gave me v62 instead which I didn't fill in because I rejected the vehicle asking for a full refund.
Ems - 5-Nov-12 @ 3:24 AM
Greetings, I am currently in need of a business litigation lawyer that can handle our matter of breach of contract in your region. Thank you.
Mr paul Agius - 8-Aug-12 @ 12:16 PM
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