Top Charleston, SC Police Misconduct Lawyers Near You

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    Evan Guthrie Law Firm

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

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    Green Law Firm

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | North Charleston Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | North Charleston Office | Serving Charleston, SC

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    Resnick & Louis, P.C.

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

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    Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A.

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

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    Senn Legal LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

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    George Sink, PA, Injury Lawyers

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | North Charleston Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | North Charleston Office | Serving Charleston, SC

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    Lawton Law Firm

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

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    Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

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    Yelverton Litigators

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

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    FisherBroyles, LLP

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

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    Sahn Law Firm

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

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    Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

  • George B. Bishop, Jr., PA

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Moncks Corner Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Moncks Corner Office | Serving Charleston, SC

  • McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

  • Butler Snow

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

  • Monoc Law LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

  • O'Shea Law Firm

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

  • Vannoy | Murphy

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Moncks Corner Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Moncks Corner Office | Serving Charleston, SC

  • GaffneyLewis LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

  • Charlie Condon Law Firm, LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

  • Clawson Fargnoli Utsey LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

  • Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Charleston Office

  • Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward, LLC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | North Charleston Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | North Charleston Office | Serving Charleston, SC

  • Whitfield Bryson, LLP

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

    Police Misconduct Lawyers | Mount Pleasant Office | Serving Charleston, SC

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Police Misconduct

Police misconduct, such as abuse of their power, unreasonable use of excessive force, and entering a home without a warrant, violates the rights of individuals and exposes their department to lawsuits. Police are expected to follow the law and police department procedures to protect citizens and uphold constitutional rights.

Do You Have Grounds for a Police Misconduct Lawsuit?

Certain circumstances may not be misconduct. If you believe you are a victim of police misconduct you should immediately consult a Charleston lawyer who handles police misconduct cases. The lawyer will review the facts of the event to determine if you have a valid case and then take appropriate legal action.

Are There Any Police Misconduct Lawyers Near Me In Charleston, SC?

Protecting your civil rights isn’t an easy process. Hiring an attorney with a history of success in police misconduct cases would put you in a much better position than risking it by going it alone. Finding an attorney to protect your rights and fight for you in court may be the best option for your case.  The LawInfo Directory can help you find verified police misconduct lawyers near Charleston. 

Can You Report Police Misconduct Anonymously?

While you may report or send tips of police misconduct anonymously, oftentimes your identity is necessary to move forward with these very serious allegations. Typically, the investigating agency requires evidence and witnesses in order to hold an officer accountable for internal complaints or to prosecute the offenses as criminal complaints. For civil complaints, a claim may only proceed anonymously or by pseudonym for instances where it is done to protect the person filing the claim.

How Do You Report Police Misconduct?

Generally, there are three ways of reporting police misconduct: internal complaints to the department, criminal complaints, or civil lawsuits. Internal complaints involve reporting the misconduct of an officer to the chief of their police department or head of their law enforcement agency. Some misconduct may constitute criminal conduct which you can report to a police department or law enforcement agency. Finally, filing a civil lawsuit against the officer who committed the misconduct or the department may be an option to recover monetary damages.

Who Investigates Police Misconduct?

The investigating body generally depends on where or how your report the police misconduct. Police misconduct investigations may be conducted by local or state police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, internal affairs departments, local, state or federal civil rights divisions, state attorney general or governor’s office. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also assists with reporting and conducting investigations into police misconduct and brutality as well.

What Qualifies as Police Misconduct?

There are a number of illegal acts or forms of inappropriate conduct a police officer may take that constitutes misconduct, such as coercing a false confession, making a false arrest or falsely imprisoning a person, conducting an unlawful search, unlawfully seizing property, unlawful surveillance, falsifying, tampering, or stealing evidence, intimidation or tampering with a witness, or excessive force, among many other acts of misconduct.

How Does Police Misconduct Affect a Police Case?

Police misconduct can result in negative outcomes for a case or investigation. Misconduct in the form of fabricating or tampering with evidence may lead to a false arrest or conviction, as well as impeding an arrest from being made at all. Other times, it may hinder an investigation from being conducted in a reasonable time or manner. Evidence found through police misconduct may be deemed inadmissible during trial as well. Additionally, police misconduct can lead to a miscarriage of justice, or an error at trial which may lead to the conviction and punishment of an innocent person. Sometimes, police misconduct can be lethal when an officer kills someone without justification.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

What to Expect from an Initial Consultation

  • Seek to determine whether the attorney can represent you. There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution and it may turn out your needs are better served by an attorney in a different specialization.
  • It’s important to find a legal ally who is both competent in the law and someone you can trust to protect your interests.
  • Discuss how the practice’s billing works and discuss possible additional charges or fees that may arise during or after the resolution of your case.

An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.

Tips on Hiring an Experienced Lawyer with Police Misconduct Cases

The more experienced a lawyer is in legal practice, the more likely he/she will be able to bring about a successful resolution to your issue. Since experience matters, lawyers who’ve been practicing law for many years (with a successful track record) tend to be in high demand. You should look for information about a lawyer’s experience and ask questions during the initial meeting. It’s a very good idea to ask the lawyer how many years he/she has been practicing law and the expected outcome of your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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