Joel Bacher, Criminal Defense Lawyer for the Charge of Official Misconduct (Malfeasance)
Official Misconduct is an abuse of the public trust involving an official in public office. Generally it occurs when power of the office is abused or leveraged for personal or financial gain. It often occurs when there may be a conflict of interest in a ruling in which the official holds influence, where financial gain is at stake, such as a ruling on zoning as relates to real estate. Occasionally a public official may step in on behalf of a friend or associate or relative, interfering with the processing of a criminal charge. Sometimes nepotism is involved in the perceived misconduct. Whenever a public employee oversteps the boundaries of the office in which they serve, and uses that office’s power to circumvent accepted rules, official misconduct is often charged. The accused stands not only to lose his or her job, but to endure public repudiation if not humiliation, in addition to loss of pension if not community service, or worse, time in jail.
What to Do if You’re Arrested for Official Misconduct or Bribery Charges
Many times there are gray areas in focusing the official misconduct charge. Sometimes misunderstandings lead to erroneous charges. Sometimes there are precedents that have been set in these gray areas that implicitly condone behavior considered marginal. Regardless of the “facts” of your case upon arrest, if booked for official misconduct, do not talk to police officials about your version of the “truth”. Don’t be misled believing that your familiarity with the interrogators is a good thing. In fact you may be their boss, but do not try to negotiate with, or worse, sweet-talk them. Exercise your right to remain silent and get a criminal defense lawyer to tackle this official misconduct charge at your first opportunity. The police or other law enforcement or government officials, when questioning you, are not your friends anymore. Oftentimes a malfeasance charge is bundled with other related charges, such as bribery or fraud, which can ramp up the punishment and point to jail time. Be polite, yes, but be firm, and request a call to a criminal defense lawyer at your first opportunity and continue to remain silent in the meantime.
Joel Bacher: Criminal Defense Lawyer for Official Misconduct and Other White Collar Crimes
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a white collar crime, such as official misconduct, I urge you to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for representation and counsel ASAP. The prosecutor’s office will always have the responsibility of proving you committed the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Not only is this hard to satisfy, but if the Court has any reason to believe you did not commit every element to the crime, the charges against you may be reduced or dismissed. I, Joel Bacher, am here to defend your rights. I have, for forty years, successfully defended numerous charges that involved official misconduct, corruption, bribery and other white collar crimes. My Wayne law office has achieved numerous acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for a wide range of cases that involve all forms of white collar crimes. We prepare thoroughly for every case in the event of trial. We believe the way to mitigate an official misconduct charge is to negotiate and litigate from a position of strength.
Why Choose The Law Office of Joel Bacher for an Official Misconduct Charge?
- 40 Years Litigation Experience
- Free Initial Consultation
- Extensive Trial Experience
- Certified for Civil Trial by the NJ Supreme Court
- 24/7/365 Call Center and availability
- Evening Hours for Personal Meetings
- Fully Licensed in New York and New Jersey, and all Federal Courts as well
For the best criminal defense in Wayne, Paterson, Passaic County and all of New Jersey, contact Joel Bacher at The Law Offices of Joel Bacher, for a free consultation. Telephone 973-720-8111 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.