Friday 5: Myths About Police Officers that Attorneys Should Know

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Explore — and debunk — common myths about police officers.

police mythsAttorneys work with police officers through depositions, prosecutions, defense cases, and through many other interactions — maybe even getting stopped for a traffic ticket.  We all know “it’s not like on TV,” but it might be worth exploring some of the most common myths about police officers as they pertain to the work of an attorney.

Myth #1: Cops don’t like attorneys.

In the old Hollywood cliché, the hard-bitten officer resents the defense attorney and the persnickety prosecutor, who always wants more evidence. In the real world, every officer I know appreciates the distinct role of attorneys on both sides of our adversarial system.  We also know that some of the most aggressive judges are former defense attorneys, because they have heard it all.

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