Law Enforcement Defense Attorney
Although getting in trouble with the law can result in serious consequences for anyone, the implications can be even more severe for a police officer or law enforcement official who is facing legal difficulties. When an officer is suspected of having violated the law in one way or the other, criticism from the media and the public can be intense. An officer facing alleged criminal misconduct may need to go through an internal investigation, an administrative hearing, as well as a potential trial in a court of law. If you are a police officer who is facing criminal charges, it is vital to have an experienced police misconduct defense attorney advocating on your behalf.
At Fienman Defense, we provide highly skilled representation to guide you through the process of defending yourself against any accusations of police misconduct. Our attorneys take a comprehensive approach to obtaining the solution in your case that minimizes, or when possible, eliminates the charges and/or consequences you are facing.
To set up a consultation, call a Pennsylvania professional license defense attorney today at (215) 839-9529.
DUI Convictions as a Police Officer
As a police officer or law enforcement official convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you will be subject to the same penalties as any other individual outside of law enforcement. A police officer’s local police office or municipality will handle DUI convictions of its officers on a case-by-case basis. The penalties and consequences faced by an officer will depend on any past offenses or disciplinary actions on their record.
Can you become a police officer with a DUI? Also, can you continue your employment as a police officer after receiving a DUI conviction? In both cases, a DUI may not necessarily prohibit you from entering or continuing field of law enforcement. However, each municipality will handle each case according to its own guidelines. Regardless of your past and what is on your record, you may be suspended, terminated, or otherwise disciplined for being convicted of a DUI.
Due to the serious consequences involved in the aftermath of a DUI, it’s important for you to have a police misconduct defense attorney defend your rights and fight for your future with aggressive and intelligent advocacy.
Other Potential Off-Duty Criminal Offenses
At Fienman Defense, we provide representation for law enforcement officers who are charged with other types of criminal actions as well, including:
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Offenses
- Reckless Driving
- Sexual Assault
- Violation of Restraining Order
Defending against these charges successfully requires the experience of a highly seasoned police misconduct defense lawyer – experience you will find in our attorneys at Fienman Defense.
Types of Potential On-Duty Police Misconduct
As a police officer, if you have engaged in unlawful conduct on the job, it is important to retain experienced legal counsel immediately to set the stage for your defense. Some common occurrences of on-duty police misconduct include:
Police officers are expected to use reasonable force while facing difficult encounters with individuals. Various factors surrounding a particular situation may help shed light on whether an officer was justified in using an excessive amount of force. A significant amount of legal analysis is required, along with expert opinions in order to come to a conclusion about the degree of force used by an officer and whether it was justified.
Police officers can be charged with excessive force and then later acquitted of the charge based on the facts of the case. This is why having an experienced police misconduct defense lawyer fighting for your rights and future is vital.
Law enforcement officers deal with individuals on a one-on-one basis in many different settings. You may be accused of sexual assault by a person whom you arrested or detained, even if you are not guilty of such an offense. Such allegations can threaten your livelihood and place you in legal jeopardy, requiring the assistance of skilled legal counsel to fight the charges.
Intentional False Arrest
A law enforcement officer may place their job in jeopardy by illegally arresting or detaining an individual. Police officers are required to have probable cause or reasonable suspicion in order to detain or arrest someone for a crime. If an individual feels that their rights have been violated by the actions of a police officer, they can file a complaint against the officer as well as against the police department that officer works for.
Fabrication of Evidence
As a police officer, if you are accused of intentionally fabricating evidence against a suspect and that suspect loses their freedom as a result, you’re facing a very serious charge with significant implications. If determined guilty of such a charge, you may incur significant sanctions or possibly the loss of your job.
When a law enforcement officer is investigated for one or more allegations of misconduct, there are rules that apply to the investigation and any subsequent hearings. Additionally, the police officer has the right to have their rights protected. At Fienman Defense, we understand these rules, laws, and regulations, and we will work vigorously to defend your rights throughout your entire case. The knowledge and experience that an experienced police misconduct defense lawyer from our team can put to work on your behalf may mean the difference between a favorable or highly unfavorable outcome for your case.
Our Law Enforcement Representation Services
At Fienman Defense, we are able to represent you in various situations and settings during the administrative hearing proceeding about your case. As well, we’re able to provide effective representation services to help you with your response to critical incident investigations, interviews with internal affairs divisions, and statements offered to your supervisors in response to a complaint being held against you.
Our team will represent you vigorously within the criminal justice system to defend you against serious charges and potential convictions resulting in significant fines, jail time, and the loss of your job.
Contact and Experienced Police Misconduct Defense Attorney
At Fienman Defense, we provide competent and experienced advocacy regarding any and all criminal matters you are facing as a police officer or other law enforcement official. We can help tell your side of the story and bring clarity to your case. You can count on us to fight aggressively for the defense of your livelihood and freedom.
Request a consultation about your case. Call us today at (215) 839-9529.