"Pitchess Motions" (to get police misconduct records)
Shouse Law Group Channel’s Police Video
More info at http://www.shouselaw.com/pitchess-motion.html Here, we explain how to use a pitchess motion to get police personnel records and discover a history of misconduct. These can be useful in fighting criminal charges and ultimately getting cases dismissed.
A pitchess motion is made by the criminal defense lawyer during the pretrial phase of a misdemeanor or felony case. The pitchess motion is an effort to determine whether the police officers in the case have a history of complaints for police misconduct. This can include committing perjury, filing false reports, planting evidence, excessive force, police brutality, and racial profiling and discrimination.
Discovering a history of police misconduct can often persuade the district attorney to reduce or dismiss criminal charges. It can also help the criminal defense lawyer to obtain a not guilty verdict and an acquittal at jury trial.