Civil Rights Lawyers  Clarendon Hills & Chicago, IL. 

Civil rights appeals involve challenging decisions in cases related to the protection and enforcement of individuals' civil rights. These appeals are often pursued when a party believes that a trial court or an administrative body has made an error in applying or interpreting civil rights laws. Here is an overview of the process and key considerations in civil rights appeals:

Grounds for Appeal:

  • Legal Errors: Mistakes in the application or interpretation of the law.
  • Procedural Errors: Errors in the legal process that affected the outcome.
  • Factual Errors: Mistakes in the trial court's findings of fact, though these are harder to appeal.

Types of Civil Rights Cases:

  • False Arrest: If no probable cause exists, any type of seizure, an arrest, or being brought into custody, is illegal and a violation of your civil rights.
  • Discrimination: Based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or other protected characteristics.
  • Free Speech and Expression: Violations of First Amendment rights.
  • Wrongful Death: Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect or default
  • Unlawful Searches and Seizures: Violations of Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Malicious Prosecution: The filing of a lawsuit for an improper purpose, and without grounds or probable cause. The improper lawsuit may either be civil or criminal in nature.
  • Excessive Force: Refers to force in excess of what a police officer reasonably believes is necessary. A police officer may be held liable for using excessive force in an arrest.

These appeals can be in state court or federal court, regardless of whether you had no lawyer in those lower court cases, or decided to get a different lawyer on appeal.  By understanding the appeals process and key considerations, the Dvorak Law Offices, LLC. can better navigate civil rights appeals and advocate for the protection and enforcement of civil rights.  We also work with lawyers who are looking for an appellate lawyer to overturn the lower court ruling, or to defend a victory on appeal.  Contact us today!

Dvorak Law Offices has 2 locations in Chicago & DuPage County to better service you!


Chicago, IL

We have 2 locations in Chicagoland to better serve you!

200 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 201
Chicago, Illinois 60604
1 Walker Avenue, Suite 204,
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514