Q: Is sending an arrest report that is truthful, public information to someone’s employer stalking in Florida?
My brother and his wife have harassed me repeatedly. They claim that I sent an arrest report to his wife’s employer. The arrest report was entirely accurate and all public information, but they call it stalking.
I had not seen this woman in nearly five years. The email they cited does not have my name and they do not have proof I emailed the information, but even if I had, I don’t believe that it meets the criteria for stalking in Florida.
I am a teacher, I have a limited income and had to borrow money to hire an attorney and defend myself. I think this whole thing is a joke. My attorney is a jerk and acts like he is sympathetic to the other side.
I would love to know where I can get help.
A: Your inquiry is unclear as to whether you are in domestic violence court or in a lawsuit for money damages, or both. In any event, where you can get help is (A) this website, by clicking on the Find a Lawyer tab at the top left, then searching for a lawyer in your geographic area who handles the category of cases that are applicable to you; and/or (B) the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service, which you can find online. You are correct that under Fla. law, sending an arrest report to a third party does not constitute stalking of the person who is the subject of the report (and whom you are not sending the report to) - but it might subject the sender to a lawsuit for money damages for completely different reasons.
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