One of the most important benefits of membership is your access to the best legal defense available. When matters go beyond the scope of your representatives training the attorneys of Rains, Lucia, Stern, St. Phalle & Silver, PC are just a phone call away.
- Civil Service
The PORAC Legal Defense Fund is the nation’s largest and most successful Legal Defense Fund, run by and for peace officers. The Fund has been in existence since 1974 and currently has more than 123,000 members. The Fund is an ERISA Trust that provides legal service benefits for public safety personnel. The Fund currently has reserves of more than $25,000,000. In addition to experience it is critical for you to examine the financial resources of any legal plan that you are considering. A plan is only as good as the financial resources behind it.
The Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association uses the law firm of Rains Lucia Stern, PC. The Board of Directors is always available to assist in departmental actions that are not criminal in nature. Board members are trained to determine the level of representation your situation requires.
If you require, or prefer, to be represented by an attorney contact the PORAC Legal Defense Fund. They answer the phones during regular business hours for all non-emergency affairs. Press 3 in the event of an officer involved shooting for immediate response. Leave a message after hours and LDF will contact you during regular business hours and assign a case number. An attorney will then contact you. Do not talk to others about your case and be patient as this can be a long process.