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Hialeah Man Charged With Impersonating A Police Officer

A Hialeah man has been charged with impersonating a police officer.

In the State of Florida, the crime of impersonating a police officer is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Hialeah Police arrested the accused at his home in Hialeah after reports indicated that the accused had been portraying himself as a police officer. He even, according to police reports, had a badge in his possession.

Police take this crime seriously because they believe that impersonating a police officer can lead to other crimes, such as robberies and burglaries, as people are naturally trusting of somebody purporting to be a police officer and may be vulnerable in their presence by letting them into their homes.

Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney representing clients in Miami-Dade and Broward.