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New Canaan & Darien Police can’t help themselves lately. They continue to release arrest reports and mug shots of New Canaan and Darien arrests to the local online media, who then plaster it on their websites, tweet out the arrest stories, and even send the arrest reports by email blast as “breaking news” stories.

Why do Connecticut police departments feel obligated to share this private information of arrest reports and mug shots with these online rags? It’s the law, they will say, and they’re right about that. The Freedom of Information Act (called “FOIA”) requires them to make these records available to the press.

But here’s what these police departments aren’t telling you: this release of information, and the subsequent humiliation to your child and family can actually be avoided…

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As many of the best Stamford, Greenwich, Wilton and Darien Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys are realizing these days, getting your Connecticut arrest dismissed in court is just half the battle. These days, getting your Stamford, Greenwich, Wilton and Darien Connecticut online arrest report offline and removed from the internet and search engines is now just as important as fighting the underlying arrest itself. Online reputation management could not be more critical these days. Employment background checks start with Google and Yahoo searches, and with online police blotters continuing to be the most frequently viewed pages of these online newspaper websites, it’s no wonder that the top Stamford, Greenwich and Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys are getting more and more calls about how clients who earn dismissals in court can get their arrest reports taken offline.

So are the best Connecticut internet law firms actually having success in removing online arrest reports from news websites and search engines? Absolutely. Keep reading for more on the exciting progress being accomplished…

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There’s an unconstitutional, patently unfair, catch-all felony crime in the Connecticut penal code that is the thorn in the side of every top Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyer. It’s an arrest for Risk of Injury in Stamford, Darien, New Canaan or Greenwich Connecticut under CGS 53-21, and they are more popular than ever.  Why? For starters, the statute is so broadly written that sneezing in your kid’s face could qualify for an arrest. And with today’s CYA / cover-your-butt mentality of Connecticut cities and municipalities, Greenwich, Stamford, Wilton, and Darien police are tacking on Risk of Injury arrests to almost any domestic violence arrest where a child under 16 is in earshot.

Can anything be done? Plenty.

Keep reading to learn how you may be able to get your 53-21 Risk of Injury arrest in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, and Ridgefield Connecticut dismissed as quickly as possible…

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In 2014, we received an unprecedented number of calls from people who were arrested in Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut for domestic violence, DUI / DWI, or Disorderly Conduct…who did everything the court asked them to…and had their cases dismissed and erased by operation of Connecticut law.  Yet their online arrest reports continued to be published on the Internet–specifically on various online police blotters…causing them devastating damage to their reputation and employment prospects.

And they all asked the same question…can we help them?

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Last week, Stamford Police arrested a Jerry Springer audience member for 53a-181 Breach of Peace.  Surprised?  I’m not.  It’s not the first time this has happened.  What do Stamford police expect?  The Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos shows have been anchored in Stamford for years.  Yet the reality is that producers and police know what they are getting—a three-ring circus of serial cheater husbands and wives, controversial and unexpected pregnancies riddled with mystery fathers, and good ol’ fashioned family brawls.  So is it really a stretch to think that after these families are flown out to Stamford (with most if not all expenses paid), there’s going to be some sort of shenanigans between feuding family members either before, during or after the tapings???

It’s not a stretch at all.  In fact, some could call it a setup!  Here’s why…

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These days, it’s common to see people whipping out their iphones and cameras at concerts, sporting events, and movie premieres.  In fact, how many times have we seen amateur video on TV, TMZ, YouTube or elsewhere on the internet where police are being recorded by handheld video devices?  Sure, we only see these videos when the police or the suspects they are apprehending have engaged in some outrageous or embarrassing conduct.  But there are cases when this video footage is critical to prove the innocence (or guilt) of a suspect.  And of course, as usual, the law follows lightning speed technology at a snail’s pace.

But have hope.  Cases are beginning to emerge where judges are dismissing charges against people taking video of the police during an arrest of investigation.  These amateur videographers have been arrested for CGS 53a-181 Breach of Peace or 53a-167a Interference with a Police Investigation.   Police claim these onlookers threaten the safety of the arresting officers and further jeopardize the criminal investigation.  Critics claim it is a violation of a person’s constitutional right to record a public arrest.

Well, the issue has recently been debated in Connecticut legal circles—specifically, whether recording the police in public is in fact legal.

It should be legal.  Here’s why…

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