Overdue Justice Is Served Against Former Baltimore Police Department Detective
At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our Washington criminal defense attorneys represent and protect the rights of our clients in Washington D.C. and throughout the State of Maryland when they have been charged with a crime. Unfortunately, we have had our share of cases where the arresting officer could have played a more honest role in apprehending our clients.
Although cases of officer misconduct are rare, the charges, conviction, and sentencing of former Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl are a disturbing reminder that not all law enforcement officers are following the code of conduct set forth by Maryland State Police or DC Metropolitan Police Departments.
Case History: Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl
During an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Baltimore County Police Department; and the Harford County Sheriff’s Department, Daniel Thomas Hersl was charged, convicted, and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The charges included racketeering conspiracy and racketeering offenses, including:
- Overtime fraud
The charges stemmed from Mr. Hersl stealing money, property, and narcotics by unlawfully:
- Detaining victims
- Entering residences
- Conducting traffic stops
- False search warrant affidavits
- Preparing false incident and arrest reports, property seizure, and charging documents
The United States Attorney’s Office in the State of Maryland announced the conviction occurred on February 12, 2018.
What Does This Mean for Individuals Who Are Falsely Charged?
Our criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland believe in the good that law enforcement employs throughout our practice areas, and across the country. However, when our clients are falsely accused, and subsequently charged under false pretenses, our lawyers will protect their rights in the courtroom demanding solutions that deliver legal results.
As the case against Mr. Hersl unfolded, there was no evidence that some of the victims had committed a crime at all. That he, and several already convicted co-defendants, had stolen money that was lawfully earned by the victims.
Abuses of power and unlawful treatment of our citizens will not be tolerated within our law office, and our criminal defense attorneys strongly believe that all our clients should come forward with any allegations or grievances against the officers who searched or confiscated their property or placed them under arrest.
The charges in your case depend on complete transparency with your attorney, and in some rare cases larger, illegal abuses – like those committed by Mr. Hersl – may be lingering behind your treatment.
Contact Lotze Mosley, LLP Today for a consultation
If you have been charged with a crime in Washington DC or the State of Maryland, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP today at (202) 393-0535. We will review your case during a consultation and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your charges before your case proceeds to court.