By Anna Giles

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man said he spent 27 days in the Sacramento County Jail without being charged or making a court appearance.

Taylor Brophy was arrested for DUI in March 2019, but claims in a lawsuit he was lost in the system for almost a month with no idea what was going on in his case. Brophy claims other inmates heard his case called by a judge, but Brophy was not there to answer.

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“We don’t know all the facts yet, but from what we’re hearing first hand, it’s really scary,” Sacramento attorney Mark Reichel said about the case.

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Reichel said everyone, no matter the circumstance, is entitled to be seen and heard by a judge in a timely manner.

“Ordinarily in California, 99 percent of the time on a first time DUI, as soon as you’re sober enough, you’re out the door. They don’t have places to hold you so they do want you out of there,” Reichel said.

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Brophy is suing Sacramento County for damages, claiming he “suffered financial loss, extreme emotional distress, mental anguish — and damage to his reputation.”

The lawsuit claims when Brophy was tested, his blood-alcohol level was not above the legal limit.

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The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jails Brophy was held in, could not comment on pending court matters, but a spokesperson said charges other than the DUI were at play during Brophy’s time in jail. She said he may have owed time for a past conviction on unrelated charges.

“When you have a system this big, with this many people, that functions of this level at times chaos these types of things are going to happen,” Reichel said.

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When Brophy was released, he claims he was given no reason or explanation of why he was kept in jail. His attorney could not be reached for comment Monday night.