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Can I sue for wrongful arrest, libel, Malicious prosecution,Punitive damages

Shreveport, LA |

My step-grandfather wrote me a hot check that I cash at a local comer store When the check came back NSF the owner called me and told me I then went and paid the money back When I got to the store the owner asked if I knew how to get a hold of my step-grandfather cause he had wrote several other hot checks I was then asked to come to the substation for questioning about him. the deputies asked if I knew where he was or how to get a hold of him and keep asking the same questions over and over I told them repeatedly I didn't know I asked if i could go smoke he told me no he was almost done and was waiting on my background as he was letting me go another deputy came in and said don't let her leave she is under arrest for forgery 1.5 yr later my case was dismissed no evidence and they lied on report

The store owner told the deputies that I didnt write the checks I have the intrview DVD and I admit I was a bit of a smart A when they keep asking the same questions and calling me a lier and saying I was in finacial trouble the next day people were come up to me and asking me if I wrote the checks the only way they could have found out was the deputies running there mouth I was being called a thief and other names

Attorney Answers 3


  1. Dear Shreveport - it sounds like you were not under arrest - merely detained for questioning. Also, for defamation, you must show that someone told a third party something false about you that damages you. Be aware that if you pursue the police, they are likely to come after you - good luck.


  2. Mr. Pullin is correct in his observations and suggestions, "let sleeping dogs lay".

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  3. I would not take this case, and do not know any attorneys that would. By your own admission, you were a bit of a smart-a** to the police, and it's all recorded on a DVD. Regardless of whether this case was tried to a judge or jury, my concern would be that judge or jury would be more sympathetic to the police than to you. As another of my colleagues has already advised, I think you would do well to let sleeping dogs lie.

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