Secure Legal Representation FirstPrior to your first appointment, we ask that you do not file an Internal Affairs (IA) complaint with the police department. Their motivation in gathering information is far different from yours. You are looking for them to pursue an action against one of their peers. Their intention is to gather as much information as they can to diffuse the complaint.
In addition, you will likely have been charged with a crime by them to justify their excessive actions. Filling out a report without the benefit of counsel could damage the case against you. Essentially, you are giving them advanced notice of legal action and the time to prepare their documents.
When faced with a civil rights violation at the hands of a police officer, you want an attorney with trial experience. Unless the conduct by law enforcement was so egregious and your injuries were severe, your case will likely not settle and must proceed to trial.
There are many obstacles to overcome, including the possibility of an appeal if you prevail and the inherent advantage that police officers have in legal settings. However, if your rights have been violated, they must be held responsible for their actions. By letting time lapse without filing a police misconduct lawsuit, law enforcement gets the wrong message.
We have Experience in Police Misconduct Cases, where police officers engage in false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive force, brutality, or malicious prosecution, you need the type of experienced representation we provide at The Law Firm of Kallis & Associates. In addition to his experience as a lawyer, Jeff Kallis is a former police officer. He has thorough, firsthand knowledge of internal affairs procedures within police departments. We provide skilled litigation counsel for clients in San Jose, California and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with additional offices in Seattle, Washington, and Fairbanks, Alaska.