Civil Rights

Civil Rights Attorneys in Central Florida

Civil rights are the backbone of any democratic society. They are the freedoms and protections granted to every individual, ensuring their ability to participate fully and equally in social, political, and economic life. These rights encompass a broad range of fundamental aspects, including freedom of speech, freedom from discrimination, and the right to a fair trial.

However, these rights can sometimes be overlooked, marginalized, or outright violated. In such cases, legal intervention becomes crucial to uphold justice and restore the dignity of the affected individuals. This is where our law firm steps in.

Located in Altamonte Springs, Florida, éclat law is at the forefront of advocating for and defending civil rights. Led by the esteemed Kevin Ross-Andino, our team is dedicated to protecting these essential freedoms and ensuring that every individual’s rights are respected.

At éclat law, we see your civil rights not just as legal provisions, but as the pillars of human dignity and democratic values. Whether you’ve encountered discrimination, unlawful imprisonment, or any other breach of your civil rights, we stand ready to fight for you.

Providing Personalized Protection

At éclat law, our civil rights practice is centered around a profound respect for the inherent dignity of every individual. We understand that civil rights violations can be deeply traumatic and life-altering experiences, and we approach each case with the sensitivity, empathy, and tenacity it deserves.

Our team is led by Founder and Managing Partner, Kevin Ross-Andino. Known as “The People’s Advocate,” Kevin is the driving force behind éclat Law—he founded the firm with a vision to bring common sense back into the practice of law, making it accessible for all. With over three decades of experience working at some of the world’s top law firms, Kevin has carved out an impressive career marked by a steadfast commitment to justice and equality. His leadership and visionary approach have shaped éclat Law into an institution that upholds the highest standards of legal practice. He and his team are not just your legal representatives; we are your advocates, staunchly committed to fighting for justice on your behalf.

Our approach to handling civil rights cases is both comprehensive and personalized. We begin by conducting a thorough investigation of the incident, gathering all relevant facts and evidence. We then carefully analyze this information in light of the pertinent laws and precedents, constructing a strong and compelling legal argument.

Throughout the process, we maintain open and transparent communication with our clients, keeping them informed and involved at every stage. We also provide emotional support and guidance, understanding that these cases can often involve reliving painful experiences.

Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, whether through negotiation, litigation, or other legal avenues. We are committed to pursuing justice and holding accountable those who violate civil rights.

We Handle a Range of Civil Rights Cases

At éclat law, we handle a variety of civil rights cases. Our proficiency spans multiple areas of civil rights law, allowing us to advocate for clients facing different types of injustices. Here is a closer look at some of the common types of cases we deal with:

Discrimination Cases

These include instances of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin in various settings such as employment, education, housing, and more. Many of these cases are brought to court under the laws against discrimination based on protected classes.

Examples of these laws include:

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin in employment settings.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, and other areas.
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects individuals aged 40 years or older from discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions and other workplace policies.
  • The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability in housing-related transactions.

These laws were put in place to protect individuals from unfair treatment and provide equal opportunities for all. However, discrimination cases are still far too prevalent. Discrimination can take many forms and often goes unnoticed or unreported, ranging from subtle biases and microaggressions to overt acts of harassment and exclusion. These attitudes and behaviors not only affect the targeted individual but hurt our community as a whole.

Police Misconduct

This encompasses cases where law enforcement officers have abused their power, including instances of excessive force, false arrest, and malicious prosecution. These actions are a violation of an individual’s rights and can have serious consequences for the victim, including physical and emotional harm.

Cases of police misconduct often involve discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. This further perpetuates systemic inequalities in our criminal justice system and leads to mistrust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. While law enforcement agencies should address and prevent discriminatory practices within their departments, you must also know your rights.

If you have experienced discrimination or police misconduct, it is important to seek legal assistance and report the incident. You have the right to be treated fairly and with respect, regardless of your background.

Malicious Prosecution & Your Right to Due Process

Malicious prosecution and violations of due process are serious civil rights infringements that occur within the justice system. Malicious prosecution refers to instances where individuals are wrongly charged and prosecuted for crimes they didn’t commit, violating the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” upon which our justice system is built. Such prosecutions often stem from law enforcement or prosecutors acting with malice or without probable cause, leading to wrongful arrests and incarceration. The consequences can be profound, including loss of reputation, job opportunities, and even freedom.

Similarly, we have the civil right to due process, a constitutional guarantee enshrined in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. This right safeguards individuals from arbitrary or unjust treatment by the state, ensuring all individuals are entitled to fair procedures when facing potential deprivation of life, liberty, or property. The Due Process Clause encompasses rights such as the right to a fair trial, the right to legal counsel if accused of a crime, the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and the right to be notified of charges against you.

Privacy Rights Violations

Privacy rights violations occur when there’s an intrusion into an individual’s personal life without just cause, infringing upon their freedom and autonomy. The right to privacy is enshrined in the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures and extends to individuals’ homes, personal property, and to some extent, their personal information. Violations of privacy can occur in various forms, including government surveillance, data breaches, and unauthorized access to personal information.

We understand the importance of privacy in today’s modern world. With technology advancing every day, it has become increasingly easier for companies, individuals, and the government to access personal information without consent. This violation of privacy can have serious consequences on an individual’s life, including financial harm and emotional distress. Our goal is not only to help you seek justice but also to hold accountable those who have violated your privacy rights. By taking action against these individuals or companies, we can work towards preventing future privacy violations for both you and others.

éclat Law’s Success Stories in Civil Rights Cases

At éclat Law, we believe that our success is measured by the justice we help bring to our clients. We have been involved in numerous civil rights cases, with outcomes that illustrate our commitment to fighting for justice and equality.

Settlement against Osceola County

In a significant case for the firm, we successfully obtained a settlement on behalf of our clients against both Osceola County and the Osceola County Fire Battalion Chief. The case involved allegations of intentional infliction of emotional distress and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jones v. The City of New Port Richey

In an ongoing case, we represent Marlowe Jones in a lawsuit against the City of New Port Richey for civil rights violations. The lawsuit alleges violations of his Fourteenth and First Amendment rights, false arrest, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and more. Scheduled for trial on November 4, 2024, this case represents a major test of the city’s commitment to upholding civil rights. Jones is seeking $2 million in damages as compensation for the alleged violations.

Wojciechowski v. The City of New Port Richey

We are also representing Michelle Wojciechowski in a similar lawsuit against the City of New Port Richey. In this case, Wojciechowski seeks $1 million in damages for alleged harassment: unlawful search and seizure, trespassing, violating the Driver Privacy Protection Act, violating her First Amendment rights, malicious prosecution, abuse of process by code enforcement, and more.

Our involvement in these cases demonstrates our firm’s dedicated efforts to challenge any form of police or government misconduct and ensure justice for the victims.

Protect Yourself from Mistreatment — Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

Are your civil rights being overlooked, marginalized, or violated? At éclat Law, we stand ready to fight for justice and ensure your voice is heard. Our team, led by “The People’s Advocate,” Kevin Ross-Andino, has an impressive track record in handling complex civil rights cases because we understand that these fundamental freedoms are essential for a democratic society. We see civil rights as pillars of human dignity and will fight for you if your rights have been breached. At éclat law, we believe everyone should be able to live their lives with freedom from fear or discrimination—so don’t suffer alone! Let us help you restore the dignity you deserve through our comprehensive legal defense services and experienced team of advocates. Call us today at 407-636-7004 or contact us online to start the process of reclaiming your civil rights.