Though police officers have broad powers of discretion, they are legally culpable for any and all misconduct. Virtually all of the civil rights laws on the books exist to protect citizens from government abuses, including police misconduct. These laws give the victims of such abuse the right to collect compensatory and punitive damages.
A false arrest applies to any seizure that occurs without probable cause. Likewise, any arrest that is made without merit, for the sole purpose of temporarily depriving the victim of their liberty, is known as a malicious prosecution.
To pursue legal charges against a Knoxville police officer, you must be able to demonstrate that their misconduct was willful and unreasonable. Mere negligence does not create the grounds for legal liability. This is to prevent the public from bringing spurious lawsuits against officers who are acting within the usual constraints of their duties.
At The Bowlin Law Firm, we have been helping clients take on police abuse since 2005. We are relentless client advocates who work tirelessly to see that justice is upheld. If police misconduct has victimized you or someone you love, come in for a visit with one of our Knoxville attorneys. The initial consultation is free and confidential.
Our founding attorney, Troy L. Bowlin, II, has been named a TOP 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers and belongs to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, which is reserved for the nation’s top one percent of attorneys. When you contact The Bowlin Law Firm, you can rest assured that your legal future is in good hands!
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