Recovering Financial Compensation for Malicious Prosecution
When a criminal case begins without probable cause, for wrongful purposes, and with ulterior motives, the defendant may be able to recover damages for malicious prosecution.
Malicious prosecution is a very serious claim. It means that someone was wrongly accused and possibly convicted and may have spent time in prison. Being accused and tried of wrongdoing or a crime you did not commit can wreak havoc in your life. It can affect your mental health and well-being, your relationships, your standing in your community, and much more. A wrongful prosecution can derail your life for years.
What You Must Prove
To be successful in a malicious prosecution claim, you must prove the following:
- The criminal or civil charges against the plaintiff were dismissed, or the convictions were overturned
- The defendants – usually the investigating or arresting police officers – actively pursued legal action against the plaintiff with malice and without probable cause
- Under federal law, that you suffered a “deprivation of liberty,” such as incarceration
Why Bring a Malicious Prosecution Claim?
The law behind a malicious prosecution lawsuit is designed to prevent and address abuse of the legal process. The damages recovered by the plaintiff in the case are calculated to help that person recover from the emotional, financial, and reputational damage done to the plaintiff by being wrongly accused and convicted.
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyers at Williams Cedar Advocate for Those Wronged by Malicious Prosecution
If you have been wrongly prosecuted for a crime, we can help you fight back. We will work tirelessly to build the strongest case possible to uphold your civil rights and obtain the maximum financial compensation for what you have endured. Contact a Pennsylvania civil rights lawyer at Williams Cedar today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case. Located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout Cherry Hill, South Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.