Orange County Police Misconduct Lawyer
Helping Victims of Police Brutality
Orange County, and Southern California as a whole, is no stranger to police brutality. Our region has a long history with such behavior, stretching back almost a century. Unfortunately, despite great reforms within local policies, there remains a steady stream of complaints against abusive officers. In particular, the past year saw a dramatic increase in instances of police brutality in our community. Sadly, this violence extends well beyond our regional borders, and can be felt as far away as Staten Island, Ferguson, and Cleveland.
At the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti we take cases of police misconduct seriously.
After all, such violations often happen in our neighborhoods - sometimes right at our doorstep. This has a chilling effect on the region, creating an air of distrust for anyone wearing a badge. This puts everyone's safety in jeopardy, and only leads to more conflict and more accusations. But, by holding these offending officers legally accountable for their actions, we can put an end to the cycle and serve as a warning for other law enforcement officers that abuse their position.
If you or a family member has been unreasonably detained, abused or attacked by a police officer you may have the right to pursue legal action. Contact our office at (714) 530-9690 or (888) 478-8999 to discuss your legal rights and options in a confidential consultation.
What Is Considered Police Misconduct in Orange County?
Officers of the law take an oath to protect the community in which they serve and conduct themselves according to a specific code of behavior. Anytime an officer overreaches their authority or breaks their oath – whether it's physically, emotionally, financially, or legally - they may have engaged in misconduct. More often than not, this misconduct involves some sort of extreme aggression that results in the violation of a person's Civil Rights. This is also commonly referred to as "excessive force" and encompasses a wide array of illegal actions.
Some of the more common types of force that we encounter often involve:
- Police Batons - Used by police officers for centuries, batons are quick, easily deployed weapons that can be useful in subduing an attacker or fleeing suspect. Unfortunately, they can just as easily be used to inflict unnecessary pain or injury on a victim.
- Choke Holds - This maneuver has become the source of great controversy over the past year and remains a questionable police tactic. While most precincts have barred the practice, it often comes up in cases of police brutality.
- Firearms - Police officers are required to have a specific rationale for using deadly force upon a person. Failing to meet that standard may show a form of police brutality.
Your Right, Our Fight
If you have been victimized by the police or have a loved one who has been abused by officers, you may have grounds to take legal action. Call Law Office of Michael L. Guisti today. Let us help you explore your legal options in a confidential appointment at our Irvine office. The number to dial is (714) 530-9690.
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