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Highly Experienced Defense In Civil Rights Lawsuits

Now more than ever, people are aware of their civil rights and how they can exercise those rights. They are also more likely to file lawsuits when they believe there was a violation of their civil rights. If you face a lawsuit, we can help.

At Tidwell & Associates in Chattanooga, we have handled the defense of hundreds of civil rights lawsuits that have been filed against government officials and members of law enforcement, including police officers. Our lawyers walk you through each and every stage of the case so you know your rights, options and what to expect.

The date that you were served the lawsuit is the date the clock starts ticking. In Tennessee state courts (locally Hamilton County Courts), you have 30 days to answer the suit in writing (or request additional time to respond). In federal court (locally the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga), you have only 21 days to answer in writing (or request more time).

Do Not Wait For The Court

Be aware that the court does not typically take action on its own. It will not, for example, set a trial date because someone has filed a lawsuit. Rather, the party that filed the lawsuit will wait for your answer. If you don’t file an answer, the other side will “move the court” for a default judgment. A default judgment means the court will find in the plaintiff’s favor and potentially award damages to them. While a default judgment is usually not favored in Tennessee and there are ways to undo a default judgment, it is less expensive to be as responsive as possible to make sure the court knows you disagree with the suit and are taking the litigation seriously.​

Take Action Now And Contact Us

If you have been sued, do not wait to talk to a lawyer about your case. You only have a short time in which to respond to the suit. For more information or to get started right away, schedule a consultation with a member of our firm now. Call us at 423-340-4222 or contact us using our online contact form.