Enforcement: The Most Abused Profession
officers serve in a dangerous world of endless investigations and
complaints. Because of the nature of law enforcement work, officers
often become an accused: administratively, internally, civilly,
criminally, through personnel actions, through action against the
officer's certification and beyond. False or misleading accusations
may jeopardize an officer's career and personal assets.
officers are under increasing legal attack from multiple sources: their
own agencies, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Justice Department and
its specialized Law Enforcement Prosecutions Unit, U.S. Attorneys, the Attorney General and the Special Prosecutions Unit, local
prosecutors, internal affairs units, Training &
Standards Commissions, special interest groups, the media, politicians,
criminals, other government agencies, and others.
Law enforcement officers are the
most abused and violated persons in America. Defending false and
frivolous legal and personnel charges is a constant threat to officers and their families. Daily split-second decisions
may jeopardize an officer's career, law enforcement certification and
Law enforcement officers are
subject to multiple overlapping federal and state criminal prosecutions
and investigations. Officers are frequently subjected to multiple
civil suits in their individual capacities arising out of a single
accusation therefore endangering the officer's personal assets.
Retaliatory and wrongful
personnel actions increasingly plague many law enforcement agencies.
Protecting a law enforcement officer from inappropriate personnel action
has become a complex legal task that necessitates extensive strategic
planning and specialized advocacy.
The McGuinness Law Firm provides
comprehensive legal, investigative and research services for the law enforcement profession. Our mission is to protect the
legal interests and personal assets of officers. We often represent
rank and file front line officers, and management officials when
We represent officers in all
types of constitutional, civil rights, employment, administrative and
civil litigation. We prosecute civil claims against those who abuse
officers. We defend officers from all types of civil,
administrative, internal and criminal charges. Our tradition is
premised upon thorough investigation, diligent preparation and
old-fashioned aggressive lawyering.
Some Typical Services
We regularly provide the following services for officers:
Since 1984, we have represented officers at all levels of federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
We have represented officers in all types of proceedings including Civil Service Commissions, the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, the N.C. Personnel Commission, the N.C. Employment Security Commission, the N.C. Training and Standards Commissions, the Office of the Governor, the General Assembly and other forums. We serve as consultants to other lawyers who need special expertise in the fields of law enforcement liability, law enforcement personnel law, and related fields.
As a part of our advocacy, we
provide educational and training seminars. We frequently publish
articles in law and bar association journals and in law enforcement
magazines. We regularly contribute articles to Police Magazine.
We prepare chapters for national textbooks published by the Practicing
Law Institute and WestGroup. Our new book, Law Enforcement
Officer Legal Survival Guide, is forthcoming.
We have lectured and/or authored manuscripts for the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the N.C. Bar Association, the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, numerous local, state, regional and national law enforcement officer associations, and the Labor Relations Information System which provides frequent national educational programs for law enforcement officers.
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