Orlando, FL asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida

Q: Question regarding FOIA/Privacy Act for those familiar

If I submit a FOIA request, I know one of the exemptions to disclosure is information about an active investigation. However, I see that they would put in the FOIA response that the information was redacted and the exemption it was redacted under, which would essentially show that there is an active investigation, just not the details. Additionally, if the only thing in the FOIA response classified as exempted material, would they simply deny the request stating the exemption, or would they say they have no record. Just wanted to confirm the above.

1 Lawyer Answer
Sasha Dadan Bonna
Sasha Dadan Bonna
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: My experience has been that if you are being investigated for a crime, the investigative report and victim report is protected. However, I would have an attorney contact the Detective on the case and request whatever information is available. Why you are being investigated, what information they have on you, etc. Some detectives will speak to attorneys.

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