Find a State, Local & Municipal Law Lawyer

State, local and municipal law is set up to address the specific issues that citizens encounter within the regional boundaries they live in. State laws vary from state to state, and are created by the state legislature. At the local and municipal level, laws are set by local governments to meet the unique needs of the community.

There are a numerous legal issues that citizens encounter at the state, local and municipal level. Some of the more common claims that occur at the local levels include claims against law enforcement agencies, including claims of excessive force against police officers, motor vehicle accidents, personal injuries and wrongful death in city parks and recreation areas and building inspections.

Hiring an Attorney

The attorneys that practice in the State, Local & Municipal Law area have expertise and knowledge in the areas of powers and liabilities of state and local government and municipal corporations, including matters such as land use and zoning issues, municipal employment disputes, and injuries to personal or property by municipal employees.

If you face a legal issue at the state, local or municipal level, your best advice is to consult with an attorney to see if you should follow through with any action. Depending on your case, an attorney may or may not take your case. The lawyers that work in area of law see a lot of claims, and will often only take cases that they feel that have a strong chance of winning.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit is a lawsuit that is typically handled by lawyers at the local level. A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the decedent was killed as a result of the negligence, or other liability, on the part of the defendant's, and that the surviving dependents or beneficiaries are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the defendant's conduct.

Each state has its own wrongful death statutes. While they all follow some general principles, each state jurisdiction is unique, since each state has drafted its own form of "wrongful death statute." If you believe you have a valid claim for the wrongful death of a family member, you should consult an attorney from your local area regarding the requirements for your particular jurisdiction.

Lawsuits against Law Enforcement Officials

Law enforcement officials are often targets to lawsuits. One of the most common type of lawsuit is filed by a criminal that claims to have his or her rights violated during an encounter with a police officer. The courts and public have little sympathy for criminals, and generally their credibility is weak particularly if they are repeat offenders when contrasted with law enforcement officials.

Law enforcement officials also have qualified immunity. This puts the burden of proof squarely on the individual filing a complaint. In order for a law enforcement official to be found guilty, there must be evidence of conduct that is willful or, at a minimum, reckless in order for someone to be able to sue. Being merely careless is not enough.

If you're claiming that an injury was caused by a law enforcement officer, you must have plenty of evidence to continue. Even if you suffer an injury at the hand of a law enforcement official, you cannot sue if the injury was caused by force that was justifiable to the officer at the time of the incident.

By Chris Saunders           

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