Texans who work in law enforcement have a high calling: keeping our communities safe and maintaining order in society. We understand and appreciate that you have worked hard to become a licensed police officer or corrections officer in Texas. Your dedication and training helps keep us, our children, and our neighbors safe and secure. But a single complaint can destroy your livelihood, and all the demanding work you invested to build your career.
If your law enforcement license is threatened by a complaint, it is imperative that you take immediate action to protect your license. You need an experienced professional license defense attorney who can defend your rights, license, and livelihood. The Austin, Houston, and San Antonio law enforcement license defense attorneys at BERTOLINO LLP are proud to serve those who serve and protect Texans.
Texas Law Enforcement Officers Facing Formal Complaints
Licensed law enforcement officers in Texas are regulated by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The TCOLE investigates complaints against law enforcement officers under the following circumstances:
- An alleged violation of a law or rule relates to licensing, certification or appointment;
- A licensed officer is facing criminal charges or other legal consequences for a covered criminal offense (anything above a Class C misdemeanor);
- An alleged issue involves fraudulent or substandard training of law enforcement officers.
The TCOLE will not investigate non-jurisdictional complaints, including complaints of rudeness, unprofessional conduct, or improper investigations.
Any person may file a complaint against an individual, agency, or training provider regulated by the TCOLE. Complaints are reviewed by investigators who are TCOLE peace officers. If the preliminary investigation yields sufficient information to indicate that a violation of the TCOLE rules, the Texas Occupations Code, or another applicable law has occurred, then an administrative or criminal case will be opened by the enforcement division.
If you are implicated in a complaint filed with the TCOLE, you will be served notice of TCOLE's intended disciplinary action. You have the right to legal representation from a professional license defense attorney during every stage of the complaint resolution process.
Experienced Attorneys Defending Licensed Law Enforcement Officers
Our attorneys have the experience and legal knowledge needed to help law enforcement officers take aggressive action to protect their licenses. We are prepared to represent you at every stage of the complaint resolution process. We will get to know you and your case, thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the allegation(s), and help you mount a strong defense to protect your license and your career.
We are standing by to help Texan law enforcement officers. Thank you for your service to our state. Contact us or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.