Handcuffing unduly tight is a violation of the fourth amendment

Michigan_Domestic_Violence_AttorneyThe Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits unduly right or excessively forceful handcuffing during the course of a seizure of a person.  As a result, police officers can be held civilly liable for claims of excessive force regarding handcuffing of suspects.

When reviewing handcuffing claims against police officers, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a number of factors, including the following:  (1) whether the person complaint the handcuffs were to tight.  (2) whether the officer ignored the complaints.  (3) the length of detention.  (4) whether the person experienced some physical injury.

The constitutional law is always changing.  This is why you need to have an attorney that is diligent with keeping up dated on the current status of the law – this could make the difference between going to jail or not.  The attorneys at Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. are forward thinkers, always current with the law, and always looking out for the best interest of our clients.  Please contact us with any questions or problems you have.  We are here to help.