Shannon O’Neill obtains dismissal of false arrest claim.

Webster Szanyi attorney Shannon O’Neill recently obtained a favorable decision on behalf of a County, Sheriff, and their police officers. The plaintiff brought a lawsuit in federal court alleging that he was falsely arrested and the arrest was made pursuant to the County’s STOP-DWI program, which the plaintiff claimed was unconstitutional. Ms. O’Neill filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that plaintiff had pled guilty to a lesser charge, which barred his ability to challenge the underlying arrest, and the accompanying Monell claim should be dismissed because there was no constitutional violation. Magistrate Judge Roemer agreed with the defendants’ arguments and dismissed plaintiff’s lawsuit.