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I was taken to jail last night for herassment, disordly conduct

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I was taken to jail last night for herassment, disordly conduct and resisting arrest. I was beat unconscious at the scene and woke up in the hospital while getting a cat scan. The hospital said i will probably need plastic surgery to correct my fractured bones. Am i able to sue for this issue?

i walk into the bar and ordered 1 beer. I was mingling with people and just talking and laughing trying to have a good time. Then i relize that one of the people i was sitting next to was a police officer. I just started talking to him and i realized he was in a really bad mood. He abruptly got up and went outside, then came back inside with a girl and sat back next to me. When i seen his girlfriend i said hi and i introduced myself. Before i got dont talking this guy (police officer) had slammed me on the ground and started beating me till i was unconscious.

If he did this to you without any provocation and without you physically resisting arrest and he was off duty, you can sue the policeman directly as he was the cause of your injuries. You would need a witness to the incident and you will need to get these criminal charges of resisting arrest dismissed by the criminal court. The police officer is liable for his off duty conduct and if you try to sue the police department for the conduct they will get the case against them dismissed, but the officer will remain liable for your injuries and pain and suffering.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Thank you for your answer, I should have been more specific, They guy was on duty when he did this to me. He showed me his badge and i was fully aware of his status as a police officer. He is actually a detective.

Sorry, I did not realize he was on duty. If he was actually on duty, then you can sue both the officer and the police department for his conduct as I stated above. The police department may try to argue that he was not supposed to be in the bar while on duty and try to get out of it, but if you prove he was working then generally they will not manage to get themselves dismissed.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Thank you for your time. Just one morre question, What type of lawyer do i need to get? I will be going first thing in the morning and want to make sure i pick the best one i can afford. Im browsing webpages now of my local lawyers. Again, thankl you so much for your time.

You would need a civil rights attorney or a personal injury attorney. You can find one at the same sites used by other attorneys, http://www.martindale.com or http://www.lexmundi.com or http://www.hg.org
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