Could I sue for defamation, slander or libel?

I was arrested recently and the local police released my mugshot photo as well as the charges brought against me on their FACEBOOK page, effectively painting me as a scumbag in the public eye. Multiple people from my town commented and insulted me. To add, I was 17 at the time of the arrest. Can I sue the police department? Or the people publicly humiliating me?

Webster, MA -

Attorney Answers (3)

Christian K. Lassen II

Christian K. Lassen II

Personal Injury Lawyer - Philadelphia, PA
Answered

A lawsuit would be fruitless.

Alan James Brinkmeier

Alan James Brinkmeier

Personal Injury Lawyer - Chicago, IL
Answered

Sue ? Yes
Win? No


Arrest record is public.

Norman Antonio Stiteler

Norman Antonio Stiteler

Health Care Lawyer - Corrales, NM
Answered

Probably no real chance of winning. Fortunately, you're 17, and the teasing should pass if you stay out of trouble.

I am licensed in New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and therefore any discussion of issues related to other states must... more

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