Suing the Police and Defending Bogus Criminal Cases Since 1984

What To Do If You Have Been Beaten-Up or Falsely Arrested By The Police?

by Jerry L. Steering

A trial is an exercise in placing blame. When the police use unreasonable force on civilians or otherwise violate their constitutional rights they almost always arrest them for some “resistance offense”; crimes that are so vague that almost any conduct by one can be twisted into the innocent of having somehow “resisted” or “delayed” or “obstructed” a police officer - California Penal Code 148(a). In other words . . .

What To Do If You Have Been Beaten-Up or Falsely Arrested By The Police?

by Jerry L. Steering

A trial is an exercise in placing blame. When the police use unreasonable force on civilians or otherwise violate their constitutional rights they almost always arrest them for some “resistance offense”; crimes that are so vague that almost any conduct by one can be twisted into the innocent of having somehow “resisted” or “delayed” or “obstructed” a police officer - California Penal Code 148(a). In other words . . .

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Family of man shot by Anaheim police collects nearly $1 million in wrongful death settlement

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Jerry L. Steering obtains $450,000 from Riverside County for False Arrest of bystander by Deputies

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Newport Beach Falsely Arresting Woman Over a $16 Cab Ride. Jerry L. Steering Obtains $360,000 for Victim.

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Wrongful Death lawsuit for Oceanside Police for jailing stroke victim for public intoxication

It started with a strange feeling and a headache. Her vision blurred. The spinning started. Gwen Daigle said she got out of her parked car ...

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Norma Cortez recovered $300,000.00 from the City of Anaheim

Anaheim paid $300,000 to Norma Alicia Cortez-Gomez, 32, and her mother, Teresa Gomez, 53, who were ensnared in traffic on the eastbound 91 freeway on June 23, 2008, Newport Beach lawyer Jerry Steering said.

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Orange County Pays $727,500.00 To Settle Civil Rights Lawsuit

South County woman said deputies stormed her house, jailed her and seized her children because she wouldn’t come to the door.

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Man stunned by deputies in his bedroom gets $380,000

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Retired cop awarded $220,000.00 against San Diego County for false arrest for gun possession

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Police Misconduct Attorney

The most common reason for the police to beat you, falsely arrest you and procure your malicious criminal prosecution for a “Resistance Offense”, is when you “Fail the Attitude Test”; when you commit “Contempt of Cop”. “Contempt of Cop” is simply a civilian verbally questioning, challenging or protesting police actions. Don't let the police shift the blame from them to you for the police use of force upon you. Mr. Steering is an expert & specialist in defending bogus criminal “Contempt of Cop” (i.e. resisting arrest, battery on peace officer) cases, and in suing police officers for “Contempt of Cop” / "Bruised Ego" constitutional violations such as:

  • Excessive Force / Police Brutality
  • False Arrest (Cal. Penal Code §§ 69, 148(a)(1), 243(b))
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • First Amendment Whistle Blower Violations

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Police Lawsuit Awards & Settlements

  • Penaloza v. City of Anaheim, U.S. District Court (Orange County); $2,900,000.00 settlement for excessive force
  • Gomez v. County of Orange, et al., U.S. Dist. Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles), $2,163,799.53, settlement for unreasonable force [wrongful death] of convicted jail inmate
  • Moore, et al. v. City of Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County Superior Court, $825,000.00 (trial settlement) for excessive force and false arrest;.
  • Butano v. County of Orange; U.S. District Court (L.A.); $727,500.00 final settlement for false arrest and unreasonable force;.
  • Jimenez v. County of San Diego, U.S. District Court (San Diego); $500,000.00 settlement for excessive force.
  • Montano v. USA; U.S. District Court (L.A.) 2015; $500,000.00 for wrongful death of dialysis patient.

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Jerry L. Steering


Civil Rights Lawyer Specializing in Police Misconduct and Criminal Defense; Suing Police Officers and Others for Violating Your Federal Constitutional Rights. Make the wrong step and you are out. We know where to step.

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Criminal Defense Attorney – Criminal Law Practice – Generally

Jerry L. Steering has been practicing criminal law since 1984 (in California since 1986.) He has tried and otherwise litigated ...

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Civil Rights Cases under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.

Jerry L. Steering is a civil rights lawyer who sues police officers and others under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 since 1984. ...

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Contempt of Cop * Resisting Arrest Cases

Resisting Arrest Cases Jerry L. Steering is a Police Misconduct Specialist & Expert in Contempt of Cop * Resisting Arrest ...

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Police Misconduct litigation is very complicated. The law in this area is complex, confusing and takes many years of litigation and appellate experience to ferret out which cases are likely to prevail in court, and which ones probably will not. The law is not what the average citizen might expect, and new and expanded immunities for police officers and other government officials are growing exponentially.

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