One of the most important benefits of being a member of the Coastal Florida PBA/PEA is legal assistance. The following services are provided to our members through the Coastal Florida PBA/PEA and/or the Florida PBA.
Discipline and/or termination. The Coastal Florida PBA/PEA will provide assistance if you are suspended, demoted or dismissed by your Agency.
If you are the subject of a certification disciplinary case or inquiry from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC), the Coastal Florida PBA/PEA or 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.
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, the Coastal Florida PBA/PEA will provide an “on-scene” attorney and will assist in any internal, criminal investigation or questioning about the incident.
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 Coastal Florida PBA/PEA may provide an attorney to represent you and cover the costs of defending the case against you.
One must be a member in good standing at the time of the incident and must remain so during the course of all subsequent legal action regarding the specific incident or matter.
For further information regarding eligibility and scope and limitations of assistance, please refer to the documents below or call our office at (386) 304-2393.