I am an uncovered employee, why should I join ?

Another part of the AZCOPS legal coverage is for criminal defense. Don’t think you will ever be charged with an on the job criminal allegation and require an attorney ? Think again. You could be doing your job, (as you were trained),  following policy, and still be subjected to a criminal charge:

You are on shift and a juvenile tries to hang himself. Don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

You are working shift and a juvenile gets raped in his room. Don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

You are on shift and a juvenile gets seriously injured in a fight. Don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

You are escorting a juvenile line movement, and three run off and climb on a roof. One falls off and is paralyzed in the fall.  Don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

A number of juveniles assault your co worker and she is seriously injured. Think the cameras will prove your innocence and you don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

A juvenile smuggles a bladed weapon into his room. You miss it in a pat down. The weapon is later used in an assault. Don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

You are a parole officer. You drive a juvenile home from court because his family has no transportation. You call the transport into your supervisor per policy. The juvenile later claims you touched him inappropriately in the car. Think you don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

You are a teacher in the classroom. A female juvenile makes a claim that you suggested a sexual liaison when she gets out on parole.  Don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

You are teaching your class and hand out pencils for a math test. A juvenile gang member uses the pencil to stab a rival in the eye. Don’t need a lawyer ? – Think again.

THE ADJC LAWYER IS PAID TO PROTECT ADJC – NOT YOU

ALL YOUTH CONTACT STAFF DESERVE LEGAL PROTECTION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE AGENCY DOES NOT PROVIDE AN EMPLOYEE ATTORNEY

For about $26 a month you can be an AZCOPS member  and know that your freedom is protected. Otherwise, if you are charged with a crime (like criminal negligence), you will have to pay many thousands of dollars for an attorney out of pocket. We have seen non members have to get second mortgages on their homes to pay for an attorney. Join now to protect your freedom.