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Q: Person B pressed charges on Person A. Person B formerly worked for DA office, is this conflict of interest?

Person A feels like they are being treated unfairly and is being retaliated against because person B is affiliated with the officials who are prosecuting Person A. Is this case supposed to be handled different than normally?

1 Lawyer Answer

Cary B. Hall

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: I can see your issue, but not sure how else the situation should be handled. How many victims of crimes are related to, say, cops? What should happen in those cases? The world isn't perfect.

Sometimes in very high profile criminal cases in which there's a conflict of interest -- or even a potential one -- they'll ship it to another county for prosecution so that no one can cry foul. Think Bill Cosby level of "high profile."

In this case, however, Person A may be able to raise the conflict-of-interest issue with the prosecutor, and maybe even get a decent plea deal as a result. In any case, Person A should hire him- or herself a good criminal defense attorney to handle the charges.

Best of luck to Person A!

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