Jacksonville’s children run free throughout the city, playing games and hanging out with friends like any growing child does. When one of these children is in an accident though, the person accused of harming that child is victimized by cruel police treatment. However, when one of those children is harmed by a police officer, the officer is given a slap on the wrist. If one has been in such a situation, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure that the system treats one fairly.
According to the Florida Times-Union, a Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office Patrol Car ran into a child who rode his bicycle through a stop-sign in the boy’s neighborhood. The incident occurred after a police officer driving through the neighborhood collided with a nine-year-old boy on a bicycle who was crossing the street. The boy was taken to Shands Jacksonville Hospital, where his injuries were treated. The offending police officer has not been charged with any crime.
Jacksonville traffic and police issues typically involve a police officer who has used too much discretion in an action which causes harm to someone or deprivation of one’s rights. However, when the crime involves a police officer who has harmed someone physically, the police officer’s action must be viewed under the strictest scrutiny possible, to ensure that the police did not harm someone intentionally and even more important, lawfully.
As the media and other reporting actors have been digging up more dirt on law enforcement officials, the sad truth has come to light that the people who our city, as well as our state, trusts to protect and serve us is the cause of a staggering number of traffic-problems. However, the unfortunate reality of the situation is that many times, innocent citizens are blamed for the incorrect police action that causes the traffic problem.
In many cases, an incompetent police officer can cause a traffic problem simply by not paying attention to what they are required to pay attention to as drivers: the road. Cases arise quite frequently that involve a police officer who was not paying attention to the car in front of his patrol car, hit the citizen car, and then blamed the citizen for the driver error. However, this is becoming an unaccepted practice now. Unfortunately for the accused is that this problem is not eradicated in every location.
In some Jacksonville-area traffic incidents, the police officer is already irritated that he or she was at fault for the incident and when the citizen asks the police officer what should be done, that thought becomes a negative plan for attempting to put fault on the victim, now the accused. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville police crimes attorney to fight for one’s case, one can ensure that one’s rights will be protected and that one will have the best defense possible for one’s case.
One should not have to feel like that when a police officer becomes involved in any issue that they are already at fault, even if they did not do anything wrong. Get an experienced attorney who will look over the shoulder of the police and make sure that the police abide by the law and the proper procedure to ensure one’s rights are protected.
One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Sources: Law & Disorder: Child on bike hit by Jacksonville patrol car, Staff, The Florida Times-Union