Officer charged with a Crime?
Naturally, Florida criminal attorneys love reading stories about crooked cops. Slate recently did a piece called: Oh, #Florida!that was just hilarious. Here’s an excerpt:
…this being Florida, some of those sworn to uphold the law sometimes veer to the wrong side of it and are charged with crime. We’ve had cops who got in trouble for hanging out in a strip club while on duty and driving around with mattresses on top of a marked police cruiser. We’ve even had cops get in trouble for trying to keep one another out of trouble by faking a crime scene—or as one put it, “do a little Walt Disney.” (Uncle Walt would’ve warned you to keep an eye out for when the camera is running.)
Cops are just like everybody else. They have good days and bad days, and there are good cops and bad cops. The problem is when the bad cops commit crimes it has a direct impact on public trust. It’s difficult to act with moral authority, and that’s essentially what police officers do, when you’re caught literally with your pants down. Sometimes, police officers are given lighter sentences than someone of the general public and this causes even more problems and antagonism between the public and the state, still others when they go to a jury are more easily condemned by their peers because they were given so much trust to begin with.
I wish we could treat everyone the same. This defense lawyer is a great believer in equal justice under the law! However, that’s not always possible due to human frailty.
I know many Orlando criminal attorneys who would not take on a police officer as a client because of that old cat and dog scenario. Me? I think everyone is entitled to a good defense, and I’m not always sure that union attorneys are able to give that to them.
If you are a police officer charged with crime, call me and let’s talk. I’m definitely willing to listen and if I can help you, I will.
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