Police Harassment and False Arrest

For some police officers, the end justifies the means. In their eyes, taking liberties in stopping, questioning and searching a citizen is good police work if it confirms their suspicions. At the Law Offices of John L. Burris, we call it for what it is — a pure and unconscionable violation of constitutional rights.

John Burris brings nearly 30 years of experience in civil rights litigation to cases of false arrest and illegal detention. He has brought rogue police officers to justice for egregious misconduct, including strip searches, coerced confessions and even planting of evidence once officers discovered they had no legitimate cause to stop the person.

More than a “Minor Intrusion”

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” This protection applies to your home, your car and your person. It applies to being pulled over, frisked, handcuffed, or being made to sit in the back of a police car without any reason other than the officer’s “suspicion.” It applies to the confiscation of any personal property or any evidence of a crime that results from an illegal search and seizure.

Police cannot badger you, place you in custody and come up with a reason for your arrest later. They cannot use racial profiling to pull you over. And they certainly can’t conduct a humiliating strip search without a very solid basis. But they have the guns and the badges, and they determine the “facts” that will go in the report. Raising your objections when you are detained may only lead to fabricated charges of resisting arrest.

The best option is to swallow your indignation and contact an attorney who handles these cases. John Burris has won many civil rights verdicts and settlements. Call 510-839-5200 to discuss your case.


Were You Illegally Stopped, Detained or Searched?

If you are facing criminal charges because of illegal police tactics, or you suffered humiliating treatment while police fished for evidence of a crime, contact and Oakland lawyer today. Our lawyers represent false arrest victims in the Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.