If you’re facing criminal charges, you may feel that the police have abused your rights or even broken the law in some way. This misconduct could be a major part of your case. It could invalidate evidence or show the arrest wasn’t necessary, for example.
But police misconduct can look very different from one case to the next. Below are three potential examples of how it could take place so that you know what to look for.
1. A false arrest
In some cases, police officers will just arrest the wrong person. Maybe an officer stereotyped you and arrested you because they thought you looked like the suspect, even as you insisted that you had nothing to do with the alleged criminal activity.
2. Excessive force
In other cases, police officers will be accused of using excessive force during an arrest. Maybe the officer injured you when there was no threat that warranted such violent action. Or maybe the threat of violence coerced you into making a confession.
3. An illegal search
Finally, some police officers carry out illegal searches. This could happen if the officer doesn’t have a warrant, it’s not an emergency and you don’t give them consent to come into your home – but the officer enters your home and searches for evidence anyway. Even if they find it, this violation of your rights may mean that the evidence has to be excluded from the case.
If you do find yourself in this position, you need to understand all the legal defense options that you have. You need to know what steps to take moving forward so that your rights are not violated again. Consider legal help to learn more.