Martin + Colin, P.C. announces that it has obtained the complete dismissal of all charges filed against a local village police officer (identity withheld) in Westchester County, New York. The officer had been charged with attacking another individual, while off duty, at a local summer camp. The trial was concluded in one day. At the conclusion of the trial, the judge dismissed all charges, finding the off-duty officer was not guilty. Local media carried the following comments by William Martin, who represented the off-duty officer at the trial: ”The judge’s ruling was correct. The entire prosecution was a travesty. It was clear from the outset that [the off-duty police officer] was the victim all along, and I think that is what the trial showed.” Records of the trial were sealed.
Subsequently, our false arrest lawyers filed a lawsuit alleging that the police officer was falsely arrested. Jury verdicts for false arrest cases vary significantly, depending on many factors, including the extent of any physical injuries. In this case, the falsely arrested individual had sustained no physical injuries. She did experience a deprivation of her constitutional rights. She did experience a deprivation her liberty. She did experience a deprivation of her right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. She was entitled to money because of these unlawful deprivations. In addition, by special statute, she was entitled to have the responsible parties pay her attorney’s fees.
Not everyone wants to be involved in a false arrest lawsuit. Therefore, at the request of our client, the individual whose civil rights were violated, we negotiated a settlement of the false arrest lawsuit.
In this case, our client preferred a quick settlement, as she desired to put this nightmare behind her and move on with her life. Our civil rights and false arrest attorneys were able to settle the case to the satisfaction of the client.