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Civil RightsCanan Law civil rights attorneys handle cases involving false arrest, excessive force, unlawful shooting, unconstitutional search and seizure, wrongful conviction, racial discrimination and first amendment freedom of speech violations (SLAPP suits) in St. Johns County and Northeast Florida.

Unreasonable or Excessive Use of Force

You have the constitutional right not to be subjected to unreasonable or excessive force by law enforcement officers. However, a police officer has the right to use force that is objectively reasonable to make an arrest or in self-defense. When officers exceed their authority to use force, the civil rights attorneys of Canan Law can help.

False Arrest

Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution you have the civil right to be free from unreasonable seizures. You may not be arrested unless the police officer has probable cause to believe that you committed a crime. Some false arrest and related civil rights cases that the firm has brought include:

False Drug Trafficking Charges
An innocent man was arrested by Boston police and charged with trafficking cocaine. The client alleged that the officers lied about finding cocaine, thereby violating his civil rights. One of the detectives was indicted in federal court for conspiracy to violate civil rights; he pled guilty and went to prison. The plaintiff alleged that the City of Boston was legally responsible for the detective's actions because it failed to properly supervise him and other officers, enabling them to file false affidavits in support of search warrants and to arrest people without probable cause in order to steal money from the criminal defendants. The case settled.

Racial Profiling
A young African-American man who worked at Massachusetts General Hospital had his civil rights violated when he was unlawfully arrested by private security based on his race. The charges of assault and battery on a police officer, disturbing the peace, and possession of a dangerous weapon were dismissed at the request of the prosecution. The case settled.

*SLAPP SUITS
A SLAPP suit or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation is a frivolous or malicious lawsuit or lawsuits brought on by wealthy individuals or corporations (often times real estate developers) against individuals for the purpose of harassing and intimidating them in order to “ silence them ”. Canan Law has experience fighting back and bringing suit against corporations that violate individuals civil rights and using the courts to silence opponents.

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The Law Offices of Patrick T. Canan in St. Augustine, Florida represents clients throughout St. Johns County, Flagler County, Putman County, Clay County, and the cities of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Palatka, Green Cove Springs, Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Hastings, Crescent City, Interlachen, and Jacksonville.

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