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If the government has violated your constitutional rights, you need an experienced Section 1983 litigation lawyer on your side. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It guarantees your most significant civil rights and liberties.


The most important federal law you can use to protect your constitutional rights against government misconduct is 42 USC Section 1983. This law is commonly referred to as Section 1983.

Section 1983 gives private citizens the right to sue the government and its employees for constitutional violations. For you, a Section 1983 lawsuit may be the only way to protect yourself against abuse by state, county, or city officials.

The best known example of a Section 1983 lawsuit is a police brutality case where a law enforcement officer violates a citizen’s constitutional right to be free from excessive use of force.

Section 1983 is frequently used to enforce the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which are known as the “Bill of Rights.” Common examples of Section 1983 cases include:

  • First Amendment claims involving your right to freedom of speech, religion, and association
  • Fourth Amendment claims involving your right to be free from false arrest, illegal detention, malicious prosecution and intentional police abuse
  • Eighth Amendment claims involving your right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment
  • Fourteenth Amendment claims involving your right to be free from depravations of life, liberty, or property without procedural due process

Constitutional claims are complex.

Section 1983 civil litigation is an area of law in which few lawyers regularly practice. Even fewer are successful. If your constitutional rights have been violated, you need the immediate help of an experienced South Carolina Section 1983 litigation lawyer.

Contact us now for a free consultation.

Do I Have A Good 42 USC Section 1983 Case?

The first thing your South Carolina Section 1983 litigation lawyer will do is determine if you have a good case.

A good Section 1983 case often involves a private citizen who has suffered a serious or catastrophic injury because of a government official’s intentional wrongdoing.

The Most Common Section 1983 Cases We Handle Include:

  • Excessive force claims against law enforcement officers who engage in police brutality or unreasonably use deadly force
  • False arrest claims against law enforcement officers who abuse their arrest and detention powers
  • Freedom of speech claims against public employers that punish or wrongfully terminate their employees when they speak out on a matter of public concern
  • Sexual abuse claims against government officials who use their position of authority to commit sexual assaults

Section 1983 was initially created in 1871 to protect African Americans in the South from the Ku Klux Klan. That is why you will sometimes hear it referred to it as the Ku Klux Klan Act or the Civil Rights Act of 1871.

Today Section 1983 is the primary law used to obtain justice for all people who are abused by government officials.

Lawyer Bobby Jones will help you determine if the government has violated your constitutional rights or a federal statutory right. Such decisions should always be left to an experienced civil rights law firm.

Section 1983 litigation requires significant time and resources. Our legal team is highly selective. We limit our Section 1983 cases to only the most serious constitutional violations and catastrophic harm, including wrongful death. This approach leads to a superior level of personal attention for your case. Put our experience and success to work for you.

Contact us today for a free consultation at 864-362-2640.

Choosing the Right Greenville Section 1983 Litigation Lawyer Can Make All the Difference

A Section 1983 civil action can be a powerful tool to hold government officials accountable when your constitutional rights are violated.

If your constitutional rights have been violated, you may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation.Depending on the facts of your case, an experienced Greenville Section 1983 litigation lawyer can help you recover money for any of the following:

  • General damages to compensate you for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life
  • Special damages to compensate you for past and future lost wages, medical bills, and other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Punitive damages to punish government officials who act with malice or reckless indifference to your federally protected rights
  • Sexual abuse claims against government officials who use their position of authority to commit sexual assaults

Government officials will almost never admit that they have violated your constitutional rights. That is why the key to your success is to seek advice from a skilled Greenville Section 1983 litigation lawyer.

We are experienced in Section 1983 litigation. We are ready to protect your rights. We are ready to help you get the justice you deserve.

The team at Bobby Jones Law LLC works tirelessly for the injured in South Carolina. His achievements include:
  • More than $60 million collected for our clients
  • Multiple recoveries exceeding $1 million, including an eight-figure settlement
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America
  • Named among the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Named to Super Lawyers 2017–2024
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Selected as Legal Elite of the Upstate 2021–2023
  • Named among Super Lawyers "Rising Stars"
We’re humbled to be considered one of the top firms in the Upstate and invite you to learn what sets our award-winning legal services apart. Call or request a consultation online.
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