Impersonating a Police Officer
You will need a criminal defense lawyer if you’ve been accused of impersonating a police officer.
This is considered an extremely serious offense in New Hampshire. Police officers are entrusted to solve crimes and hep keep the peace and order in communities and cities across New Hampshire. When someone impersonates an officer, it breaks that trust.
And, as you can only imagine, police officers, judges and prosecutors are not happy when someone impersonates a cop. So they often want to throw the book at that person.
If you’ve been accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer, your first move should be to contact criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone at The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire. With a charge as serious as this facing you, you will want to have a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in the state’s laws and who has defended these kinds of cases.
Here is how the state’s criminal code outlines this charge in RSA 104:28-a:
False Personation. – Any person who knowingly and falsely assumes or exercises the functions, powers, duties, or privileges incident to the office of sheriff, deputy sheriff, state police officer, police officer of any city or town, or any other law enforcement officer or investigator employed by any state, country or political subdivision of a state or country, or who wears or displays without authority any uniform, badge, or other identification by which such sheriff, officer, or investigator is lawfully identified, and with the intent to be recognized as such, shall be guilty of a class B felony.
Why would someone impersonate an officer? Often they use this as a way to pull over women who are traveling alone at night on a lonely road. The woman stops, thinking it is a legitimate police officer who is stopping her. Then, he sexually assaults her.
If this is the kind of scenario that has happened to you, you may be charged with impersonating an officer in addition to rape charges.
Law enforcement officers are not happy when they see someone impersonating them.
At any rate it is highly important for you to have a lawyer present when you decide to speak to detectives or investigators about your case.
This is because they can use anything you say against you. It could also harm your case.
But if you hire Michael Anazalone as your criminal defense lawyer, he will make your case a top priority.
Your attorney will work hard to find out what kind of evidence the prosecutors have against you. If they have a lot of evidence, he may recommend that you take a plea deal in exchange for a suspended sentence. It is always our goal to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.
This is the kind of charge that can destroy your life. If you’ve never been in trouble before you’ll see how quickly your reputation can be ruined. In addition you stand to lose more than you can imagine. Your job and your family could be lost. And it may be hard for you to find a job after a conviction.
The Anzalone Law Firm is here to help you. Please contact us through our online form and schedule a free consultation with Michael Anzalone.