Federal Police Misconduct Defense Attorneys
Representing police officers accused of police misconduct
Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect the public on a regular basis. Police must do their duty to investigate and stop crimes often while working in an emotionally charged context with many different people from many different backgrounds. In many cases, your work as a police officer involves split second judgment calls under very stressful conditions, a situation which can often result in unintended consequences. Regardless of the extent and scope of an investigation, police are bound by constraints imposed upon them by federal law and the U.S Constitution. If a prosecutor believes you stepped outside your lawful bounds as an officer, you can find yourself facing serious criminal charges of police misconduct.
Law enforcement officers who have been accused of police misconduct should retain legal counsel immediately. Call Duffy Law, LLC today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer.
Police misconduct cases can arise in a variety of contexts
Police misconduct cases can arise in a number of ways. Some of the most common include:
- Excessive force – When dealing with a difficult encounter with citizens, police are expected to use the degree of force that is reasonable in light of the circumstances in a particular situation. Whether or not an officer was justified in using a certain degree of force depends on a number of circumstances and determining whether a particular use of force was justified often requires significant legal analysis as well as reliance on expert opinion. For this reason, the assistance of an experienced attorney can be of significant help to you if you are an officer facing allegations of excessive force.
- Sexual assault – Police officers are often in one-on-one situations with suspects and the public at large. In some circumstances, people who are arrested or detained by police officers may accuse you or another officer of inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. These allegations can result in extremely serious sanctions, so it is important to retain legal counsel as soon as possible if such accusations arise.
- Intentional False arrests – In order to legally detain or arrest a person, a law enforcement officer is legally required to have reasonable suspicion or probable cause that a crime is occurring or has recently occurred. In cases where an arrest does not later result in legal action, many people who are arrested claim that their arrest was in violation of their rights and may file a complaint against the arresting officer.
- Evidence fabrication – Sometimes, people who are arrested or convicted of a crime allege that the police officer or officers that investigated their case intentionally fabricated evidence and that fabrication resulted in the loss of their freedom. These kinds of allegations are extremely serious and may result in significant sanctions imposed against police officers that are deemed to have fabricated evidence in order to justify an arrest or obtain a conviction.
Why hire private counsel?
Police departments, police unions, and municipalities provide law enforcement officers with an attorney in the event that they are accused of misconduct. While these attorneys are often perfectly competent, there are some instances in which it is desirable to hire private legal counsel. Attorney Felice Duffy was a federal prosecutor (AUSA) for 10 years and understands the difficulties associated with police work as well as the legal issues that often arise in police misconduct cases.
Contact a Connecticut police misconduct defense attorney today to retain legal representation
Officers who violate these laws face serious consequences, including fines, loss of their career and/or imprisonment. If you are a law enforcement officer facing these types of charges, you should contact an attorney immediately. Former federal prosecutor, attorney Felice Duffy, and former federal defender, attorney Paul Thomas, have worked closely with police officers and special agents and are familiar with law enforcement standards of conduct. To schedule a free consultation with Attorneys Duffy and Thomas, call our office today at 203-946-2000.