Each year, numerous Americans are exonerated of crimes that they were wrongfully convicted of and released from incarceration. Most of these people owe their freedom to attorneys who helped them overturn their convictions and seek the compensation they deserved.
According to the National Registry of Exonerations, since 1989, when DNA was first used to exonerate an innocent person, over 2,200 people have been cleared of their convictions nationwide. With new advances in the ever-evolving science of DNA evidence, more and more New Yorkers doing time for crimes that they didn’t commit have been released from prison.
Wrongful convictions can happen for many reasons, such as a false or misleading confession, bad or tainted forensic evidence, compromised eyewitnesses or self-serving informants who have their own interests in mind when they testify against an innocent person. Over the past 25 years, DNA science has become more sophisticated and old evidence can be reanalyzed and innocence proven.
Brooklyn’s Premier Civil Rights And Wrongful Conviction Attorneys
New York state law allows for the wrongfully convicted to sue the state or other local municipalities for compensation for the time spent in prison. This kind of lawsuit is brought by those who were convicted and did time in prison, but were later exonerated and released from incarceration.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, there were police precincts in Brooklyn that were notorious for trumping up charges or pinning bad evidence on innocent New Yorkers. Dozens of people have had their wrongful convictions vacated. Many of those released have been awarded millions of dollars in compensation from New York state and the city of New York.
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If you believe that you or a loved one was wrongfully convicted, you can turn to the experienced trial attorneys at Kelner & Kelner for the help you need to clear your name and get the compensation you deserve.
We have the resources to investigate your case and help determine if your conviction can be overturned. We know what it takes to maximize the compensation you deserve for the missed years of your life.
Call us today at (212) 425-0700 or contact us online. Your initial confidential consultation is free, and because we work on a contingency fee basis, we do not get paid unless we are successful in your claim.
We represent clients throughout the New York City five boroughs, Nassau County, Westchester County and surrounding areas.