August 3, 2022 – City Settles 24-Hour Unlawful Detention Case for $40,000
After pleading guilty to drunk driving, the Judge sentenced the client to 5-days in jail. However, the client already had 6-days of jail time credit from prior to making bail so the Department of Correction should have quickly released him. Unfortunately, the Correction Officers failed to calculate the jail time while he was still at the courthouse, as their procedures required, so he was taken to Riker’s Island and held for nearly 24 hours before being released. Mr. Rothstein used federal law, which allows for recovering legal fees, to get the City to agree to a very high settlement for a 1-day incarceration case.