What can I do if the government violates my constitutional rights?
If your constitutional rights are violated during the criminal process, you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit against the government. In general, to bring a rights violation, you must:
Identify the constitutional right that was violated, and
Show that the person or people who violated the right were acting for or on behalf of the government at the time of the violation.
You may also be able to use the constitutional violation as a defense in your criminal case. For example, if the police search your home without a warrant, anything found during that search might be thrown out as evidence if the search is unconstitutional.
If you believe your constitutional rights were violated, contact an attorney.
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