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Claude:

Hello:

Not sure where to go on this so I will just ask and if I am in the wrong place please let me know.

I work in the computer field and have done so for over 17 years now.  21 years ago I got arrested for possession and did 9 months in jail.  Once I got out I went to college, got a degree and went to work.  27 months ago I ran into a very old "friend" who offered me a way to make some quick money. Stupid me took him up on it and I was arrested for possession. I hired an attorney and got off.  No jail time and a few months probation.

Fast forward to today.  I received an e-mail from an old high school friend.  This friend went on to tell me about their life and what they have been doing over the past 24 years.  This person then said that they were dating a member of a surrounding towns' police department and asked that officer if they would look me up and tell them about my past arrests, court cases and the outcomes.

Well, the police officer did what they were asked to do and told my high school "friend" all about my life.  This friend is now posting all of the legal information they were given about me onto the MySpace and FaceBook websites.  I am just wondering if the officer had any right doing this?  If it wasn't for the officer, this information would never have been found out by my "friend" and therefore would not have been posted to these websites for all to read.  

If you can't answer this could you point me in the right direction?  I know what I did was wrong but I am just wondering if people have "rights" to do what they are doing?  I don't know if this will help but I live in the State of Connecticut.

Thank You,

Paul


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Paul,
I am sorry to hear this. I am not sure of the laws for Connecticut, however, I am pretty confident that it is against the law and or the law enforcement agencies policy to run background checks for personal use. I know it is done all the time, but it should never be used in this manner.
Please keep in mind that there are a lot of information that can be obtained by paying a PI like myself. If it is public record, then there is not much you can do about it being available. However, if some of the arrest were sealed and or accured when you were a minor, then you have more issues to be concerned with. Nonetheless, I would consult an attorney 1st before making contact with his department. I would at least file a complaint (if you know who did it) and make sure that some type of disciplinary action is taken by the department.
Lastly, I would also consult your attorney about the defaming actions by your "so called high school friend." It is my understanding that a defamation of character or libel suit are difficult especially if what was being posted was true. If they are rumor or lies, then it is much easier to get results in those circumstances.
Hope that helps... Good luck!

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I enjoy answering questions relating to private & general investigations including but not limited to locates, skip tracing, surveillance, stalking, child custody, criminal defense, civil, corporate security/executive protection, workplace violence/threat assessments, personal security, security surveillance systems and GPS tracking/monitoring products & services. Specifically, I answer questions regarding state laws concerning private investigation practices, as well as the best practices & standard operating procedures used by most reputable private investigative firms. I can give you state & federal references when dealing with issues that may or may not be legal in your specific state. IE- Some states have laws which conflict with federal law such as California's "2 party law" for surreptitious audio recordings. I offer tips on how to identify the right investigative firm for your particular case and what type of questions that investigative firm should be asking you. QUICK TIP #1: NEVER hire a Private Investigative firm that is not concerned about providing you a written contract that specifically outlines the agreement and responsibilities of both parties!!! A written contract should be expected & demanded by both investigative firm and client 95% of the time. I have numerous resources and will point you in the right direction. Whether it is hiring an attorney, a specialist or offering tips on conducting LEGAL investigations & research yourself. I offer advise regarding the kind of info you can legally obtain, what's not legal for you to obtain and when you need to hire a professional to obtain the info on your behalf. Lastly, I have over 20 yrs of experience as a Security Professional/Consultant and 12+ yrs within the Investigative profession. As the 2009 President of a state Private Investigation Association, I have professional knowledge, experience & established resources that supply me with the most recent legislative issues & industry trends.

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Corinthian Group experience includes but not limited to all areas of surveillance including Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud, Domestic Infidelity Cases, Computer Investigations & Forensics, Personal Injury & Automobile Liabilty, Loss Prevention, theft interviewing & interrogation techniques, Under Cover assignments, Stalking prevention & suppression, surveillance tactics & countermeasures and surveillance system & lighting consultation experience. Corinthian Group also has experience in security consultation & protective services to the corporate & private sector. These services include Bodyguard/Executive Protection, identity theft prevention, work place violence & volitale terminations, GPS tracking/monitoring services, TSCM/Debugging( Technical Surveillance Countermeasures) and security system products & diagramming experience.

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2009 PICA President (Professional Investigators of California Association) NCISS (National Council of Investigations & Security Services)-Member CALI (California Association of Licensed Investigators)-Member SCFIA (Southern California Fraud Investigators Association)-Member WAD (World Association of Detectives)-Member

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Experts.com: http://www.experts.com/Articles/Private-Investigation-Finding-and-Using-Social-Media-Evidence-in-the-Courtroom-By-Claude-Ammons Hellium: http://www.helium.com/users/edit_show_articles/387656 Blog: http://sexliesvideoviapi.blogspot.com/ and my m

Education/Credentials
PSO (Security Course) Weaponless Defense Tai Karate & MMA training Wicklander & Zulawski-Interview & Interrogation Techniques Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST)-832 Level 3 CA State licensed Private Investigator-CA PI # 23070 Law Enforcement Training Center-Computer Investigations

Awards and Honors
Elected as the Association President of PICA in 2009. PICA was an Association that focused on legislative bills that would have a negative impact on our profession if passed at the state level... PICA was a member oriented association that was positioning itselt to provide its members with resources to help them successful grow and or sustain their businesses. Awarded for presentation of GPS Tracking devices. Honored for service as the 2009 PICA President and the 2008 & 2007 PICA 2nd Vice President respectively.

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SCRMA (Southern California Risk Management Associates), Markel Insurance Corporation, Imhoff & Associations (Nationwide Criminal Defense Law Firm). Private clients are Confidential!

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