Baltimore Police Misconduct Lawyer
The police are tasked with combating crime through Baltimore, a duty that is no easy job. And while police often act in a manner that is consistent with standards of justice, and is admirable, in some cases, police misconduct occurs. When police misconduct leads to harm or injustice, affected persons may bring forth a civil action against the police officer or police department for which the officer(s) is employed, contact our Baltimore police misconduct lawyers today.
What Is Police Misconduct?
Police misconduct refers to actions taken by police that are illegal, inappropriate, or result in a miscarriage of justice. Examples of police misconduct include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Using excessive force;
- Police brutality;
- Accepting bribes;
- Conducting an illegal search and seizure;
- Unlawful arrests;
- Police shootings;
- Selective enforcement (i.e. enforcing crime based on preference of person due to race, gender, neighborhood, etc.);
- Violating constitutional rights; and
- Sexual misconduct.
The Effects of Police Misconduct
When police breach the duty of care that they owe to the public by virtue of their role as officers of the peace, or to individual citizens with whom they are interacting, the fallout can be large. Depending upon the type of misconduct, potential devastating effects include a wrongful conviction (leading to years in prison and other serious consequences), death, serious injury, psychological injury, and setting a precedent for judicial misconduct.
Your Rights if You Are a Victim of Police Misconduct
If you are a victim of police misconduct and believe that your civil rights have been breached, our police misconduct lawyers want to meet with you. If you are able to successfully bring forth a civil lawsuit for misconduct, you may be able to seek financial restoration for your losses in the form of damages for pain, suffering, emotional anguish, psychological injury, physical injury and medical expenses, loss of quality of life, etc. Further, embedded in settlement deals or judgements are often institutional reforms that may change the way individual officers or police departments handle situations in the future, protecting others from egregious violations or justice.
How Police Misconduct Can Affect Your Criminal Case
In addition to your right to bring forth a civil suit against a police department when misconduct occurs, if you can prove police misconduct, you may also be able to have charges against you dismissed, or have evidence that was unlawfully collected against you withheld. This can improve the chances of a criminal case being resolved in your favor.
Contact the Baltimore Police Misconduct Lawyers of Iamele & Iamele, LLP Today
At the law offices of Iamele & Iamele, LLP, our civil and criminal lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of citizens in Baltimore and surrounding areas of the state. Police misconduct is a true threat to our society and personal liberties and constitutional rights; when it occurs, we want to represent you in your case to seek justice. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced Baltimore police misconduct lawyers and learn more about your legal options, call us now or contact us online.