Blog

When a DUI Turns into a Federal Case

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jun 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

For the most part, arrests for the California crime of DUI are without incident. The police pull someone over, suspect that he/she has been drinking, conduct a DUI investigation, and make an arrest. But then there are those times where something's just not quite right…the stop was due to illegal racial profiling, the cop used excessive force to arrest you, you were an innocent victim of police brutality.

Fortunately, even officers have to be held accountable for their actions…especially when those actions are despicable. When a cop violates your constitutional rights, you are entitled to relief under U.S. Code Section 1983. U.S. Code Section 1983 is civil relief, which means that the penalties are monetary. Offenders must pay fines…sometimes substantial fines…but they do not face incarceration.

However, if the incident that triggered the violation is also criminal in nature, an offender can face both civil fines and a criminal conviction. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been the victim of a civil rights violation, you should immediately consult with a California civil rights attorney. (Read our article about when California DUIs become "wobblers.")

About the Author

Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Comments have been disabled.

Free attorney consultations...

Our attorneys want to hear your side of the story. Contact us 24/7 to schedule a FREE consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. We may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed altogether. And if necessary, we will champion your case all the way to trial.

Regain peace of mind...

Our defense attorneys understand that being accused of a crime is one of the most difficult times of your life. Rely on us to zealously and discreetly protect your rights and to fight for the most favorable resolution possible.

Office Locations

Shouse Law Group has multiple locations all across California and Nevada. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

To contact us, please select your state:

Call us 24/7 (855) 396-0370