What can we do if a police officer is harassing us? 6 Answers as of May 13, 2011

A police officer knows that my boyfriend has a warrant for failure to appear, the officer is constantly driving by the house, peeping over our backyard fence, asking if he can look inside to see if he is here. I no longer feel safe when they come around, instead I feel threatened.

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Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
You are in a very difficult situation. There is no easy answer. You can hire an attorney to intercede on your behalf and talk to the police. You should start keeping a written journal of each incident.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2011
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The officer has the right and actually the duty to seek and arrest someone who has an outstanding warrant. There are limits. If the officer is unduly persistent, you might write the Chief of Police or the internal affairs unit and explain why you feel threatened. A potential way to have the officer leave you alone, is to say that the boy friend has been told not to come around as long as the warrant is out and that you have told boy friend you will call the cops. You should tell the boy friend you will do that. Potentially, you could be arrested for letting him hang out with you if there is a warrant out. Protect yourself first , boy friend later!
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/12/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
If he were doing something wrong, you could write a letter of complaint to the chief of police, explaining the facts and background. However, you admit he is looking for a fugitive he believes you are harboring. You have not described any improper behavior by him. Driving by and asking you are not misconduct, but are part of his job to do.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/10/2011
The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
You need to have your boyfriend take care of the warrant. If there is an open warrant for his arrest the officer is actually doing his job trying to find him and arrest him.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/10/2011
Law Offices of Ramona Hallam
Law Offices of Ramona Hallam | Ramona Hallam
One thing you can do is retain counsel and have the attorney appear for your boyfriend. It appears that the officer is not going to leave you alone until there is an appearance of some kind. If this is a misdemeanor the attorney can appear without your boyfriend. At least this will be taken care of. In the meantime, do not speak with the police. You should consult counsel as you do not want to pick up a charge for hiding him.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/9/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Just make sure you never say "yes" when they ask for permission to enter your home, talk to you / ask questions, search your belongings...etc. There is a reason that cops ask for permission (they need it!).
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/9/2011
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