I read in the Rules of Professional Conduct...RPC 3.4 Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel...A lawyer shall not :
( g ) present, participate in presenting, or threaten to present criminal charges to obtain an improper advantage in a civil matter.
That sounds pretty clear to me, yet, that is exactly what happened to me.
My lawyers did nothing about it and even the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office ( BCPO ) stated to my lawyers that it was " easier for the prosecutor to try the case than try to settle. " Then, the BCPO said if we settle the civil case, he will drop the criminal charge....That certainly sounds like extortion to me.....and I thought the BCPO's job was to seek justice , not to do "what is easier for them." The BCPO was simply intimidated by allegations hailed at them by the alleged plaintiff who threatened " to shine a light on the BCPO. "
RPC 4.1. Truthfulness in Statements, RPC 8.3. Reporting Professional Misconduct and RPC 8.4. Misconduct...each clearly state that Misconduct should have been reported to the appropriate professional authority...including the plaintiff's lawyers and the BCPO, yet, they all seem to be enjoying their little abuse of process circle....and disregarding the rights of the general public.
Please advise what can be done about an overzealous prosecutor and lawyers who are out of control.