Is it legal for a police officer to call and tell someone I was arrested when I didn’t give permission? 20 Answers as of October 14, 2012

It was on nonpayment of child support and the officer called my ex wife’s sister and told her he arrested me and where I was when he did it.

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The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
There is nothing wrong or illegal about the police telling someone that you were arrested. It is a matter of public record and nit anything that they need your permission for.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/14/2012
The Gardner Law Firm, PLC | Brandon Gardner
Yes, if you indeed did not pay child support.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/13/2012
Calvert & Hubach | Jenny Hubach
Not appropriate.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 10/13/2012
Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
There is nothing that would prevent an officer from releasing this type of information.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/13/2012
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
That was not very nice, but arrest are public records.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 10/13/2012
    Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
    Not sure why the officer would call a sister who is not the one entitled to the support.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    I do not see anything wrong with the officer notifying a close family member of your ex about the fact that you have been arrested, especially for delinquent child support payments.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
    It's public information if you are over 18.
    Answer Applies to: Tennessee
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Yes, it is legal. HE can call and apprise anyone that you were arrested. That is not private information, like medical records.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes, it is legal. It's called "free speech." You're not the cop legal guardian, why does he need your permission?!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    No, it's public record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    James M. Osak, P.C.
    James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
    Cops do the silliest things. Try calling around town on a cop when he messes up and see how he (they) like it.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Generally an arrest is not a private matter. This is uncommon but not, in my opinion, illegal. .
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    Arrest records are public records. You have no control over them.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
    I'm not sure it is illegal but it is certainly unethical and unprofessional, and it may be against his department's policy. I would file a complaint with the Police Chief and the Mayor if need be.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    It is not illegal. He merely conveyed public information.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Sometimes the law even requires an officer to let victims know when someone is arrested + when the person is released, so I don't believe its illegal.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    An arrest is something that could be public knowledge like court papers, sentence, convictions etc. No one wants secret arrests then people could not find out what happened to their loved one. Here the police have to tell people if they arrested someone.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    It is public information.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/13/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Not likely illegal, but not really much you can do about it.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 10/13/2012
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