If you were pulled over, questioned, and then were "good to go" can police release your name in the newspaper on suspicion? 11 Answers as of July 17, 2013If you were pulled over, questioned, and then were "good to go" can police release your name in the newspaper on suspicion? I was driving around and used an open wi-fi network to connect to the internet. A person called on suspicious vehicle but when questioned I told them my situation and they told me I’m okay to go. No arrest, charge or anything but they did take down my name and social (saying they do it to everyone). I don't think I did anything wrong and I was released on the spot. Can they release my info out to the public/police blotter? I was questioned, they took down my name. I ask this because I don't want the media to attack me for no reason and I don't want my name defamed for no reason. I was NOT charged at all, but they took down my name. Should I be worried about public?
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
I do not claim to know their local publicity policies to deter crime, but if they are planning to NEVER charge you (which they can still do within the Statute of Limitations), then it would be unfair to "out" you publicly.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
The police can use the information they obtain any way they want to. If the press reports it and it is the truth then it is not libel and you can't sue or prevent the press from reporting on anything they want to, including a police blotter.
Answer Applies to: New York
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Now you are worried about what? A media attack? A media attack for what? You are nobody. Nobody is thinking about you. You are a cheap ass. You should be worried about why you cannot maintain a constructive relationship with a woman. I know why. Because you are a cheap ass.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Wilson & Cain, P.A. | Gary M. Wilson
Yes. All police activity (subject to certain privacy issues typically involving minors or sex-crimes) are available to the press. It's actually a really good thing, because if the records were not available, police could-and would!!-stop and harass citizens with no accountability. The frequently do anyway. But it's very unlikely that a log entry (as opposed to a blotter entry) is going to catch anyone's attention. Logs are (supposed to be) kept by each officer detailing every citizen interaction or activity that they make. "Blotter" entries are usually only those that result in arrest or further investigation. Unless you are a high-profile person, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
Answer Applies to: Michigan