Legal Counsel

Major Robert Long - Legal Counsel

The Legal Counsel for the Leon County Sheriff's Office provides legal advice and counsel to the Sheriff and Sheriff's Office employees on a variety of legal matters regarding criminal, civil and administrative law.

For example, the Legal Counsel serves as legal advisor to all deputies and detectives concerning arrest, search and seizure and other high liability issues, prepares written legal opinions and legal updates for agency-wide dissemination relating to criminal matters, performs legal research on cases, court rulings and other laws affecting the operation of the law enforcement, the corrections and the administrative divisions of the agency, conducts civil forfeiture litigation, serves as liaison to the State Attorney's Office in criminal cases and to outside counsel in civil actions filed in federal and state courts, serves as legal advisor to the Internal Affairs Bureau on internal investigations, acts as agency representative in employee discipline litigation, reviews and prepares agency policy and procedure, review public records requests and monitor legislative activities in order to propose legislation needed to keep pace with contemporary changes in practice and procedure.

In addition, the Legal Counsel for the Sheriff's Office conducts in-service training classes on various law enforcement topics such as arrests, search and seizure, civil liability, use of force, trial preparation, depositions and testifying in court.

The Legal Counsel is expected to be available on a 24 hour basis to respond to field situations having potential liability for the Sheriff's Office such as deputy shootings, SWAT or hostage incidents, and situations at the jail which result in serious injury or death of a correctional officer or inmate.

This position requires the exercise of considerable independent judgment and involves exposure to confidential and sensitive information. All work is performed under the supervision of the Sheriff.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

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Our rules of decorum are in place to encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our social media sites. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Leon County and Big Bend area residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Leon County.