Impersonating a Police Officer

Police impersonation is when a citizen portrays himself or herself as a member of the police force or another law enforcement agency. This is usually meant for deceptive purposes. Typically, people who commit this crime do so in order to assert authority in a manner similar to that of a police officer. This can include committing offenses that would otherwise be unacceptable for the average person, such as traffic violations, invading someone's home, or robbery.

These laws tend to vary from state to state, so it is necessary to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the legal system and advise you of your rights if you are facing these charges. If you have been accused of impersonating a police officer, federal employee, or a public official, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

Consequences of Impersonating an Officer

Some of the legal consequences for impersonating a police officer may include the following:

  • Prison time
  • Fines, up to $1,000
  • Court-mandated probation
  • Permanent documentation of the crime on your criminal record

Along with simply dressing as a police officer, it is illegal for citizens to use equipment that is normally associated with law enforcement, such as flashing blue or red lights inside of a car or using stickers or paint to change your car's appearance. In addition, you may be accused of this crime if you simply identify yourself as a police officer, without having any visible indicators at all.

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If you are accused of impersonating a police officer or a similar offense, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your case.


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