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Public safety and law enforcement are not immune to the law.

We know this, because we represent over 300 peace officers and firefighters per year who are facing legal problems. The reality is that police and fire departments staff need lawyers too. If you are a member of a fire department, sheriff’s department, or police force who needs legal counsel, we pride ourselves in defending all public safety employees.

Our Expertise

In our 25 year history, more than 6,000 individual clients have trusted GRT’s law enforcement attorneys in Sacramento and elsewhere to defend them against a wide range of allegations. These include:

  • Letters of Reprimand 
  • Officer Involved Shooting
  • Suspensions 
  • Salary Reductions 
  • Demotions 
  • Terminations 
  • Removal from Specialty Pay Assignments 
  • POBR Violations 
  • FBOR Violations 
  • Retaliation 
  • Death in Custody 
  • Sexual Harassment 
  • Verbal Counseling 
  • Performance Review Questions 
  • Response to Adverse Comments in Personnel File 
  • Insubordination/Willful Disobedience 
  • Incompetence 
  • Conduct Unbecoming 
  • Criminal Misconduct 
  • Abuse of Sick Leave 
  • Misappropriation 
  • Excessive Force 
  • Unauthorized Outside Employment 
  • Inexcusable Neglect of Duty 
  • Failure of Good Behavior Causing Discredit to the Department 
  • General Qualifications 
  • Failure to Write Reports/Reporting Requirements.

Goyette, Ruano & Thompson also specializes in writs and appeals on behalf of law enforcement clients.

Why You Might Need Us?

Are you facing criminal or civil action as a public safety officer? Or perhaps someone is trying to harm you? Or perhaps you find yourself being investigated following a critical incident? No matter what type of situation you’re experiencing, we understand the implications that an unfavorable verdict could have for you. Goyette, Ruano & Thompson’s team of law enforcement attorneys in Sacramento can offer high-quality legal assistance and representation to help protect your rights!

Besides criminal or civil charges or internal investigations, we represent public officers on personal matters as well.. Do you want to sue someone who has injured you? Or do you have a wage claim that you need assistance pursuing? No matter what type of situation you’re facing, we can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

If you’re facing a critical incident such as, weapon discharge, death of a suspect in custody, use of force, or any other, we can defend you and your rights.

Or if you’re facing criminal or civil charges or claims for monetary damages by suspects in an incident, remember that each of these requires different standards of proof and a separate defense. Whether you’re experiencing these or any other type of challenges or problems, our highly qualified and experienced civil and criminal law enforcement attorneys in Sacramento will ensure you get a fair evaluation and a solid defense based on your unique situation and the individual facts and circumstances of the case.

We also offer discounted rates to public safety members on our Estate Planning services.

How We Can Help

Through disciplinary appeals, grievances, the meet and confer process, collective bargaining and contract negotiations, Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, Inc. has a record of aggressive tactical representation of thousands of employees, whose jobs and livelihoods were in jeopardy.

If you are a California law enforcement officer in need of legal counsel, have your legal case evaluated by our trusted team of attorneys today. Consultations are always free.

Free Case Evaluation 

Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, Inc.

Have your legal case evaluated by our trusted team of attorneys.

Free Case Evaluation


Contact Goyette, Ruano & Thompson to schedule your consultation. We will respond right away and work with your budget.

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