Violation of Civil Rights with a Person in Custody

Some people believe that it is okay to hurt or harass a person in custody. Prisoners (and other people in various correctional facilities) retain many of the same rights as most citizens. When someone violates the civil rights of someone in custody, charges can be brought against him or her in a court of law.

A person can be charged with violating a person in custody if he or she is an official within the same correctional facility where the person in custody is held. Also, if the person is an employee of the facility, whether paid or unpaid, he or she can be charged. If the actor denies or restricts in any manor the person in custody from exercising or enjoying any activity or privilege of the facility, he or she can be charged. Engaging in sexual activity in any form with the person in custody is also illegal.

Persons considered to be “in custody” can be people that are arrested, temporarily detained, confined in prison, or people confined to a juvenile correctional facility.

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Texas is hard on criminals. You need an experienced lawyer to make sure your case is heard and your legal rights are protected. If you or someone you know has been accused of violating the civil rights of a person in custody, contact the law offices of Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today to discuss your case and legal options.


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