Broward County PBA Legal Assistance
One of the primary benefits of membership in the Broward County PBA is workplace legal assistance both on and off duty.
The PBA’s in-house General Counsel is former Broward County Judge Julio Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez handles on duty legal assistance.
In addition to Mr. Gonzalez, the PBA provides contact to several independent attorneys and law firms experienced in law enforcement defense.
Legal services for the PLAP (Prepaid Legal Assistance) are rendered by The Law Offices of Michael Braverman, P.A., who is authorized to engage in the practice of law within the State of Florida.
We provide access to an attorney, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to your emergency, duty-related legal needs. To ensure these benefits are available to you, you must be a member in good standing on the date of the incident and remain a member in good standing throughout representation.
Before the Broward County PBA can provide any legal services you must fill out a Legal Assistance Request form. PDF forms are located at the bottom of this page or submit your forms online by accessing the menu tabs. Fax or email your completed PDF forms to our office. Call to confirm that your request has been received.
Initial Advisement Concerning PBA Legal Assistance
Please be advised that your initial contact with the PBA Staff Attorney regarding your specific case is strictly for the purpose of evaluation of the case to determine potential conflicts, whether the incident occurred within the scope of your official duties as a law enforcement officer, and the relative merits (strength) of your case. This is only an initial evaluation of the case, but it is important for you to understand that it is a consultation for evaluation purposes and not an assignment of representation by an attorney.
However, any information provided during your initial consultation with a PBA Staff Attorney will be completely confidential under the attorney/client privilege. It is the responsibility of the PBA attorney evaluating your case, to use the information you have provided to determine how best to proceed with your case and whether your position conflicts with the position of the Association as a whole or the position of their members who have also sought the legal assistance of PBA Attorneys. In order to meet the responsibilities, you should expect that it will be necessary to discuss information relating to your case and its merits with the officers or representatives of the Association.
After gathering all pertinent information, an analysis of that information and a comparison thereof with Broward County PBA Legal Assistance Policy #95-1, a determination will be made concerning formal assignment of a Staff Attorney for representation. If no conflicts of interest are apparent in your case and your case presents sufficient merit, you will receive written notification of Staff Attorney representation. On the other hand, if there are questions of merit (pursuant to that policy) such as a relatively minor level of discipline, i.e., oral counseling or written reprimand with no widespread potential effect on the bargaining unit, involvement with drug usage or other prohibited activity under the policy or an extremely strong case against a member with defenses, pursuant to 95-1, a merit review before the Executive Board may be required to determine if assignment of a PBA Staff Attorney is warranted. Resolution of conflicts or merit review necessarily involves discussion of your case with other officers or representatives of the PBA. With regard to incidents that occur off duty, and fall outside of the PBA’s legal assistance policy, upon determination of such facts in the initial consultation, a written notice of non-assignment of PBA staff representation will be issued with a referral to the Broward County PBA Prepaid Legal Assistance Program (P.L.A.P.) which covers representation for administrative aspects of off duty incidents. Please be advised that the costs associated with the P.L.A.P. are governed by the P.L.A.P. Policy and will be explained to you by the P.L.A.P. Attorney. (Please be aware that for off duty incidents, representation on criminal aspects still remains the responsibility of the member, as the PBA does not provide representation for such matters.) With regard to PBA legal assistance, if a staff attorney is assigned as a result of initial evaluation of your case or by direction of the Executive Board after merit review, the following limitations apply to that representation.
Disciplinary Cases and Arbitration
The PBA will provide you legal representation in all cases of discipline by your agency, including suspension, demotion and dismissal. Legal representation is provided at all stages of the grievance and/or arbitration process.
Internal Affairs Statements and Supervisory Investigations
The PBA will provide an attorney to represent you whenever you are the subject of an internal affairs investigation or supervisory investigation and are ordered to answer questions whether it be a verbal statement or submission of a memorandum.
If you are the subject of a certification disciplinary case or inquiry from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC), regarding any incident arising out of and within the scope of your law enforcement duties, the PBA will provide you legal assistance at all three stages of the process, including the probable cause hearing, the administrative case and the final hearing before the full CJSTC.
If you are involved in a duty-related contact shooting incident, an in-custody death situation or an on-duty vehicle crash or other accident which results in a serious injury to another person, the PBA will provide an attorney “on-scene” day or night to assist you with any internal or criminal investigation regarding the incident.
Civil Suits/Criminal Actions
If you are sued civilly, subject of a grand jury investigation or criminal action for an incident arising out of and within the scope of your law enforcement duties, the PBA will provide an attorney to represent you and cover the costs of defending the case against you.
We provide access to an attorney, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to your emergency, duty-related legal needs.
To ensure these benefits are available to you, you must be a member in good standing on the date of the incident and remain a member in good standing throughout representation.
PBA Prepaid Legal Assistance
These services are provided to you as part of your membership by Attorney Michael Braverman.
Read more about BCPBA Prepaid Legal Assistance Plan – HERE
Legal Assistance Forms
The forms below may be filled out and either dropped off at the office, scanned and e-mailed, or faxed to (954) 583-0405. Please call to confirm receipt if faxing or e-mailing. To help us assist you better please have one of these forms filled out completely before stopping by.
PDF FORMS (Download then scan/email or fax)
- Client Explanation of Defense Benefits
- Legal Assistance Request Form (PLEASE PRINT AND SIGN IN ALL DESIGNATED AREAS)
- Prepaid Legal Assistance Request Form (PLEASE PRINT AND SIGN IN ALL DESIGNATED AREAS)
*We cannot accept partially completed forms.
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORMS (submit online)
If you prefer, you may fill out the forms online.