Death in Handcuffs Triggers Lawsuit  Against Police Force

The death of a man who died after he was handcuffed by the Santa Fe police has prompted his living family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit that also questions whether or not the victim’s civil rights were violated by the police force when he was arrested.

When it was first filed, the lawsuit was local, but it has no become a matter for the federal court system which makes the family hopeful that the case will attract enough media attention to force police forces all over the country to change the way they handle prisoners.

The individual who passed away while in the custody of the Santa Fe police force was James Rochford, who was 42 years old at the time. His last living moments were spent at Tiny’s Bar and Lounge, the same building he was standing in front of when he passed away. All though it has been more than two years since his death, his family continues to grieve his passing.

According the lawsuit, the reason the family feels the Santa Fe police force is directly responsible for the death of Mr. Rochford stems from the fact his cause of death is positional asphyxiation, something that would never have happened had he not been handcuffed.

The reason the Santa Fe police force got involved was that when Tiny’s bartender cut him off, Rochford became agitated and started a bar fight. Others at the bar were able to subdue Rochford before the police arrived on the scene. It was at this point that witnesses say the man complained about breathing difficulties

The family and their wrongful death attorney feel that if the police had followed procedure and allowed Rochford to sit up after he’d been handcuffed, rather than leaving him face down on the ground in front of the building, his airway’s would have cleared and he would have survived. The reason the family chose to serve the entire police force with the lawsuit rather than focusing the action on a single officer is due to their belief that she had been improperly trained on proper protocol.

It’s likely that the average person doesn’t realize just how many people die as the result of accidents similar to this. According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the course of a single year, approximately 121,000 deaths in the United States can be linked to unintentional injuries, including vehicular accidents, fatal falls, and accidental poisonings.

Just because a death is considered an accident, it doesn’t mean the services of a wrongful death attorney Tampa aren’t required. The wrongful death attorney has the resources needed to look into the exact circumstances of the death and determine if, like in the case of James Rochford, if something could have been done differently to prevent the death of occurring. Based on their findings, the wrongful death attorney Tampa will advice the deceased’s loved ones what their best course of legal action is.

IRS Audits Continue to Drop, But You Could Still Be at Risk

According to Forbes, the number of audits performed by the IRS is now at the lowest level we’ve seen in 11 years. The current number of individual taxpayers who get audited each is year is only 0.84% of the population that files taxes, meaning that there’s only a 1 in 100 chance that you’ll be the one going through the auditing process. While odds might be in your favor, there’s still a chance that you could be targeted.

If you do face an audit, the IRS could approach the issue in a number of ways. Sometimes an agent might visit your home. In other cases, you might receive a phone call or letter in the mail alerting you that you are being audited. Some individuals receive a letter in the mail stating that an audit was completed in house and they owe thousands of dollars more than expected. In these situations, your only option is an audit reconsideration cases, which can be long and arduous.

If the IRS had its way, it would increase the number of audits it performs each year, but right now it simply doesn’t have the resources. Currently, the organization is dealing with 22% fewer agents than it once had and the lower number of agents means a significant drop in the number of audits conducted.

However, the decreased number in overall audits might not be a good thing for you. When tax payers know that the odds of facing an audit are slim, they are more likely to cut corners or flat out cheat on their taxes.

In years past, the higher your gross income was, the better the odds were of you getting audited. For example, if you made $25,000-$49,999 in 2009 there was a 0.72% chance of you getting audited. But if you made $5,000,000-$9,999,999, the odds of an audit went up to 6.47%. It’s likely that the IRS will still audit individuals in a higher tax bracket first because they could potentially recover more revenue.

As the number of audits decline, the federal government will have even fewer funds available and will be forced to cut funding to other programs, including some that have a direct impact on your life. At some point, when they realize more taxpayers are cheating, the IRS will increase the number of audits they conduct each year at which point you might be one of the taxpayers that gets targeted.

The best way to handle your upcoming tax return is to approach the situation as if you will be audited. If you convince yourself that the IRS will be looking very carefully at your paperwork and might have some questions for you, it decreases the likelihood that you could make a mistake that could land you in Tax Court.

If you happen to be one of the unlucky few that gets selected by the IRS for an audit, you shouldn’t panic. You also shouldn’t try to handle the matter on your own. You need a tax audit attorney on your side. The tax audit attorney will make sure the IRS is not violating any of your civil rights. They’ll make sure the matter gets handled in a timely fashion. If the audit reveals you owe back taxes, the tax audit attorney will help arrange a reasonable settlement that won’t completely destroy your finances or hinder you from meeting your current obligations. To learn more about how an tax audit attorney can help you, visit