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Acts of police misconduct can be tough to prove; for most people, it can be a scary and challenging process. Having an experienced police misconduct attorney to guide you through the ins and outs is your best option to win the case.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when looking for an attorney to take on your police misconduct or police abuse case.

Types of Police Misconduct

There are many types of police misconduct and what counts as such can slightly vary from state to state; still, in most states, police misconduct acts include (but are not limited to):

  • Abuse of authority
  • Wrongful arrest
  • Police brutality
  • Excessive force
  • Wrongful police shootings
  • Death in custody
  • Dishonesty (Code of Silence)
  • Coercion
  • Fraud
  • Torture to force confessions
  • Sexual assault (includes demanding sexual favors in exchange for leniency)

Any act on the above list can be punishable by law and subject the officer and his department to civil liability and money damages. Your police misconduct attorney can help you figure out this in a better way.

Collecting evidence

Whether you’re planning to sue or not (and even if you weren’t arrested), presenting valid proof is as essential as with any legal action. If you have an audio or video recording where the police misconduct is shown, it can significantly help your police misconduct attorney build your case.

As soon as you can, write in detail about what happened to give later to your police misconduct attorney. Try to describe the event as clearly as possible. Three important details you should write down are:

  • The police officer’s physical description
  • Badge numbers and car numbers of the officer
  • Time of day, location, and description of the incident
  • Names and Contact information of any witnesses

Contacting a Police Misconduct Attorney

With all the evidence gathered, the next step is to find an attorney in your area that specializes in police misconduct cases or police brutality (if it applies).

Show your attorney everything you wrote along with the videos, audios, or any other piece of evidence you have. This will help you set your case apart from others, as lawyers who work with these types of cases tend to pick them based on how strong the evidence is, and not by how badly was the victim treated.

With the evidence you provided, the lawyer determines if you have a good case; given that you do, they’ll discuss the next steps with you. Many police misconduct lawyers take cases on contingency, meaning that you don’t have to pay anything unless you win the case.

If you don’t have the intention to file a suit, a police misconduct lawyer can help you by giving you proper information on how to file a formal complaint to the authorities and how your evidence can help to bring attention to the complaint.

If you or a person close to you are exposed to police misconduct, finding a good lawyer can make a huge difference in presenting and winning your case.

Source:
California Innocence Project

Haddad & Sherwin LLP has a long, successful track record winning wrongful death and other serious civil rights claims for police and jail officer misconduct, throughout Northern and Central California.  Call or email us for a free consultation.

This content about Police Misconduct Attorney was written by a third party and does not represent the views or opinions of Haddad & Sherwin LLP, nor should it be construed as a complete and accurate statement of the law or as legal advice.  For better information about this topic, please contact Haddad & Sherwin LLP.