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Jerry L. Steering is a Police Misconduct Attorney is a Specialist and Expert in both civil and criminal Police Misconduct cases, including litigating these cases in the City of Cypress.


Since 1984 (in California since 1986) he has tried and litigated hundreds of criminal cases, including murder cases, manslaughter cases, assault and battery cases, drug possession / drug manufacturing cases, DUI cases, vehicular homicide cases, white-collar investor fraud cases, sex-offender or drug addict registration cases, violations of court order cases, domestic violence cases, towing industry cases, and the entire spectrum of various criminal violations.

Below are some of Jerry L. Steering’s Orange County Police Misconduct Cases:


Gomez v. County of Orange, et al., U.S. Dist. Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles) (2011) obtained $2,163,799.53 for unreasonable force on convicted jail inmate.

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Nancy Butano v. County of Orange; U.S. District Court (Santa Ana) (1992); $727,500.00 for false arrest and unreasonable force. Nancy Butano was beaten and falsely arrested in her own home for not answering door fast enough.


Richard “Danny” Page v. City of Tustin , et al., U.S. District Court (Santa Ana) (1992); $450,000.00 for false arrest and unreasonable force.


Elisha "Skip" Torrance

Torrance v. County of Orange, et al., U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Santa Ana)(2010); Skip Torrance recently settled a lawsuit with the county and Laguna Beach over a false arrest and being shot with a taser obtained $380,000.00 for unreasonable force and false arrest.


Chamberlain v. County of Orange et al., U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Santa Ana)(2009); obtained $600,000.00 for failure to protect pre-trial detainee in Orange County Jail.

Frank & Gloria Santos Family

Santos v. City of Garden Grove, et al. ($475,000.000 case settlement for false arrest and excessive force after successful defense of bogus criminal trial for resisting and battering police officer) $475,000.000


Baima v. County of Orange, et al; U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Santa Ana)(2003); obtained $208,000.00 for false arrest / unreasonable force.


Gabriel Celli and his mother, Nancy Turner

Celli v. County of Orange, et al; U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Gabriel Celli and his mother, Nancy Turner (Santa Ana)(2009); obtained $208,000.00 for false arrest / unreasonable force.


Farahani v. City of Santa Ana; Mr. Steering obtained a $612,000.00 jury verdict against a Santa Ana Police Department officer for unreasonable force, for a single baton strike to a young man’s head. Farahani v. City of Santa Ana; United States District Court, Central District of California.


Sharp v. County of Orange II, et al.; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Published Opinion) holding among other things that unlike a search warrant, an arrest warrant generally does not allow the officers executing it to detain others; $250,000.00 recovery for clients

Merritt L. Sharp III at his Garden Grove body shop

Sharp v. City of Garden Grove I, Orange County Superior Court (2000) Mr. Steering obtained a $1,110,000.00 jury verdict against Garden Grove Police Department officers, along with a CHP officer and state parole agents, for the warrantless search of the body shop that was owned by the parolee’s father, and where the parolee worked when he wasn’t in prison. The parole department had denied GGPD Narcotics Bureau permission to do a “parole search” of the plaintiff father’s body shop, as they had no authority to do so.


Oliver v. City of Anaheim, U.S. District Court, Santa Ana; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012; (plaintiff won case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on their unlawful arrest claim; false arrest as matter of law.) Plaintiffs obtained $400,000.00 for four hour false arrest of father (and son), for father telling police that he didn’t know of his son hit a opossum with a shovel (which isn’t a crime anyway),so busted the father for violation of Cal. Penal Code § 32 (i.e. “accessory to crime”, for not incriminating his son, for something that isn’t a crime. See, Oliver v. City of Anaheim; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Mr. Steering has also had many acquittals in Orange County Superior Court; especially in cases involving false arrests.


If you are the victim of police misconduct, such as a false arrest, the use of excessive force, a malicious criminal prosecution, first amendment / free speech retaliation, or other police outrages, we can help you. See, What To Do If You Have Been Beaten-Up or Falsely Arrested By The Police.


Jerry L. Steering, Esq.; Law Office of Jerry L. Steering, 4063 Birch Street, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660; (949) 474-1849; jerrysteering@yahoo.com

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