Orlando, FL asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: Can cops detain me if I have done n ok thing wrong I need a lawyer asap they neglected my rights as a civilian

A cop followed me into a private neighborhood which I live at and I parked and got out and than he turnt his lights on approached me and started questioning me and forced me into handcuffs and threatened to taze me after I was already in cuffs

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Jeffrey H. Garland
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Jeffrey H. Garland
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You are correct that you need an attorney. The lawyer will,hopefully, find out why police stopped you. You may be surprised to learn that the stop may be OK even if you did nothing wrong. The police have to establish whether they had reasonable suspicion or probable cause. The lawyer can review discovery, 911 recordings, body cams, witness statements etc. The police did not actually taze you while handcuffed. The same kind of discovery needs to be obtained about the post detention police actions.

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Jonathan Blecher
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Mr. Garland's spot on analysis shows you how important it is for you to retain counsel, particularly if you were charged with any criminal offense. A civil rights lawsuit would be separate from any criminal action and would not be prosecuted by a Public Defender, so a private lawyer would need to be on board for that. The burden of proof in those actions is quite high. Best of Luck.

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