Police Civil Liability

The attorneys at Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. are leaders in defending state and local government entities and law enforcement and corrections officers from claims alleging unlawful conduct. Our clients include state and local entities, specifically, law enforcement officers and agencies, including municipal police, state agencies, and county sheriff’s departments.  Our lawyers have successfully defended clients against a broad range of civil rights claims alleging police misconduct, including:

  • Fourth Amendment search and seizure claims
  • False arrest and False Imprisonment
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • High speed vehicle pursuit
  • Police canine use
  • Excessive force
  • Taser use
  • Deadly force cases
  • Deliberate Indifference
  • Search and arrest warrants
  • Negligence, negligent supervision, and negligent retention
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Failure to train and supervise

Our experienced law enforcement liability attorneys have successfully defended clients in high profile cases and litigated numerous claims brought under Section 1983, Florida’s waiver of sovereign immunity for certain tort claims, and other common law claims involving individual liability, municipal liability, and supervisory liability.

We initially assess claims, and where warranted, aggressively defend our clients. By aggressively defending unwarranted lawsuits, our attorneys enable law enforcement agencies and officials to perform their official duties without constant fear that a slight misstep or mistaken judgment will subject them to liability. While our attorneys are frequently able to obtain favorable results during the pre-trial phase, we are not afraid to take cases with difficult or troubling facts to trial. We understand the adverse consequences that accompany a settlement, which is often equated with an acknowledgement of wrongdoing, and may lead to negative public perception and loss of public confidence in the law enforcement agency.