As a member of the Florida PBA, one of the primary benefits of membership is legal assistance. Florida PBA has two “in-house” attorneys and over 40 retained attorneys to provide the best legal services available to Florida’s law enforcement officers. These services are provided as part of your membership, and there is NO cost to you:
Legal Representation: Disciplinary Cases and Arbitration
The Florida PBA will provide you legal representation if you are suspended, demoted or dismissed by your agency. Depending on your employment status, the representation can take two forms: legal assistance in a career service appeal or through the grievance/arbitration process.
Legal Representation: Before CJSTC
If you are the subject of a certification disciplinary case or inquiry from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC), the Florida PBA will provide you legal assistance at all three stages of the process, including the probable cause hearing, the administrative case and the final hearing before the full CJSTC.
Legal Defense: Shootings/Serious Accidents
If you are involved in a duty-related shooting incident, an on-duty vehicle crash or other accident which results in a serious injury to another person, Florida PBA will provide an attorney “on-scene” to assist in any internal, criminal investigation or questioning about the incident.
Legal Defense: Civil Suits/Criminal Actions
If you are sued civilly, subject to a grand jury investigation, or criminal action for an incident arising out of and within the scope of your law enforcement duties, the Florida PBA will provide an attorney to represent you and cover the costs of defending the case against you.
Legal Duty Officer
We provide access to a legal duty officer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to your emergency, duty-related legal needs.
To ensure these benefits are available to you, you must be a member in good standing on the date of the incident and must continue to be a member thereafter during representation by the PBA.
Stephanie Dobson Webster
Mario R. Theodore
Assistant General Counsel
Legal Office Manager