Consequences of Cops Planting Evidence

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

We all remember the OJ Simpson trial and the bloody glove. Defense lawyers convinced jurors that LAPD officers may have planted it at Simpson's estate. The jury found Simpson not guilty of murder charges.

We'll probably never know what really happened that night. But one thing we do know is that a cop who gets caught planting evidence faces dire consequences.

The officer would almost certainly be terminated from the force. And he probably would never find employment in law enforcement again.

Then there's Penal Code 141 – California's law against planting or tampering with evidence. Penal Code 141 makes this a felony for police officers, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison.

No one knows the true extent to which crooked cops tamper with or plant evidence on suspects. We'd all like to hope such things rarely or never happen. California law takes it quite seriously. An officer caught engaging in this sort of misconduct will lose not just his job but probably his freedom as well.

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).


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

Leave a Comment

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.

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.

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.

To contact us, please select your state:

Call us 24/7 (855) 396-0370