Law Enforcement Officers
LEO / LEOSA LAWYER: HOUSTON & GALVESTON, TX
Peace officers have unique employment rights and duties in Texas. Walker & Taylor, PLLC, has experienced lawyers who have successfully handled administrative actions and defended criminal charges against law enforcement officers. Even simple disciplinary actions can negatively affect an officer’s current employment. More serious violations, including untruthfulness and insubordination, put the officer’s future career at risk.
Law enforcement officers who qualify under 18 U.S.C. Section 926B can carry a firearm in any state of the United States, regardless of state and local laws. This law is aptly named the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act or "LEOSA." 18 U.S.C. Section 926C extends this legal protection to qualified retired law enforcement officers. Although this section provides a strong legal protection, some jurisdictions will require an officer to prove his or her case in court; that can get good officers in trouble, including being placed under arrest.
Walker & Taylor, PLLC has experienced lawyers who handle all types of assault offenses, including, but not limited to:
Use of Force Investigations
Internal Disciplinary Actions
Assault or Murder Charges Arising
Out of a Use of Force Incident
Unlawful Carry of a Weapon, Especially Regarding LEOSA
F-5 Appeal Hearings Through SOAH or the Commission
Use of Force Policy Review
Note on F-5 Appeals: Peace officers who have been discharged, especially if the officer received a dishonorable discharge, may appeal the decision by their department. TCOLE refers the matter directly to the State Office of Administrative Hearings for a contested hearing under the Administrative Procedure Act. See Tex. Gov't Code Section 2001. The department will have an attorney on their side of the table, you should too!
Please contact Walker & Taylor if you would like to schedule a case evaluation.