Police Misconduct Attorney

The police may be in charge of keeping the peace, but not at the expense of an individual’s rights or well-being. 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of police misconduct in Manhattan, contact Levine & Slavit for a free consultation. 

Our police misconduct attorneys will take the time to thoroughly review the matter and explore the possible actions that we can take to right the wrongs you suffered. 

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"There are not enough good words to say about this firm...Ira Slavit is very professional and very responsive...If he could not get back to you right away, he always had one of the staff call us..but I usually spoke to him or Leonard Slavit, and they always were able to explain what I needed to know at that time. They stood up for us and did a very good job.. If you are looking for a good attorney who is very professional, than look no more...Give Ira Slavit a call, I honestly think you will be happy
with that decision."
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It Is Important to Act Fast

Statute of limitations laws limit the time you have to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file by your deadline, you will almost certainly lose the ability to ever receive compensation for your harms. Claims against the government, like those in a police misconduct case, have much shorter deadlines than many other types of civil claims. 

Notice Deadline

You have only 90 days from the day of your police misconduct incident to give notice of your claim. If you are pursuing a wrongful death case on behalf of a loved one killed by police misconduct, you have just 90 days from the day of their passing. 

Filing Deadline

Deadlines to file lawsuits and notices of claim arising from a police misconduct incident are stringent and can be as short as 90 days following the incident. The deadlines are highly complicated depending upon whether the claim is based on New York State laws or federal civil rights laws, and whether there is a wrongful death case because the victim passed away as a result of the incident. It is of the utmost importance that our office be contacted as soon as possible following an incident of excessive force, false arrest, or other police misconduct so that all avenues of potential compensation can be pursued. 

Filing as soon as possible is wise, as it allows our lawyers to collect evidence of police brutality and misconduct while it is still fresh. Reach out to our New York City police misconduct attorneys for a free case review before it's too late.

Why Manhattan Trusts Us


Leonard S. Slavit formed our law firm in 1957, just after his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was later joined by his son, Ira S. Slavit, as well as Thomas Combs, attorneys who have helped the firm continue its tradition of helping Manhattan win major lawsuits for more than 65 years.


Time and again, our Manhattan law firm has won major cases across a vast array of case types. Our significant victories have come in the form of both pre-trial settlements and in court. In many of these cases, we have collected seven figures for our clients.


Ira S. Slavit earned one of his many prestigious honors in 2017, when he became the Nassau County Bar Association 2017 Directors’ Award Honoree. Thomas Combs was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 and is a four-time Super Lawyers® Rising Star honoree. 

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Request Your Free Consultation At Our New York Firm

At Levine & Slavit, PLLC, we have dealt with many police brutality and police misconduct cases in New York City, and we will work hard to help you. Our attorneys have helped many individuals victimized by law enforcement, giving us a crucial log of winning cases we can draw upon when strategizing on your behalf. 

If you have had your civil rights trampled by law enforcement, you deserve compensation for your harm. You also deserve closure. Police misconduct often makes victims lose trust in the mechanisms of governance. By winning your lawsuit, you can feel empowered as you take advantage of the many resources you have at hand. Contact us for proven representation.

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We Are Easy to Reach

Our Manhattan office is right across from Grand Central Station, allowing New York easy access to our proven attorneys. 

There Are Many Types of Compensation
In Police Misconduct Cases

Violations of state law, federal statutes, and the U.S. Constitution by police officers are actionable, meaning that the citizen can bring a lawsuit to recover damages for the harm caused. These can come in the form of:

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are the standard form of compensation in a civil lawsuit. They are awarded to compensate you for both economic and noneconomic losses you have suffered. Compensatory damages can be awarded to reimburse you for emotional pain, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, medical bills, property damage, and more. 

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are much more rarely awarded than compensatory damages. That being said, this potentially lucrative form of compensation makes sense to pursue in many police misconduct cases, as punitive damages are awarded in situations where the defendant acted in an especially malicious or egregious manner. In police misconduct cases, punitive damages can help serve as an example or warning for other police officers. 

The court may also order the state to pay your attorney’s fees. If the municipality we are trying in the case fears losing in front of a jury, the fact that they would have to pay attorney fees following a long trial may incentivize them to settle out of court. 

Prisoners Have Civil Rights That Must Be Protected

Civil rights violations can also occur after an individual has been incarcerated. Examples of these violations include the sexual harassment or assault of prisoners by prison guards, depriving a prisoner of necessary medical treatment, providing medical care or treatment that constitutes medical malpractice, and denying a disabled prisoner accommodations guaranteed to them under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Contact us so our New York City attorneys can help hold the police department accountable for wrongful actions and misconduct. 

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Levine & Slavit, PLLC

The law firm of Levine & Slavit, PLLC has served clients in Long Island and the Greater New York City-area since 1957. We are a team of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers who work tirelessly for victims' rights. Our team is licensed and affiliated with the:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Please contact our practice online for a free consultation or call (212) 687-2777 to speak to an attorney today. 

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