My question involves public health law in the State of: Florida.
My attorney is rep me on a non-health related, non-criminal matter. Due to my recent daytime job loss, she felt that I was a threat to myself based on my email to her indicating I'm giving up and going to make final plans. She tried to call me, but I was at work at my second job where I work part time at nights. All of a sudden, later that evening around 8pm, police officers arrive at my PT night job place of work and take me out in handcuffs. I don't have anything in my background not even a speeding ticket. They said, "You're coming with us because we were told you were going to hurt yourself."
My coworkers and bosses were shocked as I was. And they said that in front of everyone. Q: Is that illegal? They took my wallet, phone, and car keys. I couldn't call my attorney or anyone. I exhibited no visible signs of being a person who would have to be baker acted. I've never been baker acted and I have no mental health issues other than stress from my FT daytime job loss. The officers didn't ask me anything like "are you okay, do you need help, what's going on?" They took me without incident into their car and drove me to a mental health hospital. I was required to stay over night and it was a frightening experience. The doctor talked with me the next morning and discharged me after our session.
My PT night time job told me not to return. I never had any issues with my PT night job. Now I have no income. It's not easy to just get a job that pays a living wage. I was trying to get back on my feet with work. The police were rude about the entire process, didn't talk with me, wrote up a police report that will now become public record. How will I get another job if that report says "Baker act."
Should my attorney be helping me with this? I find it odd that once I was released, she didn't bother to call me after the fact if she was that worried I would hurt myself. A Baker Act can be perceived as a person who could hurt themselves or someone else. Medical records are not public record, but a police report is. And having a police report like that is damaging to a person's reputation since it is public record. I wasn't even diagnosed with anything.
My attorney only emailed me after that and said "Sorry, I had to follower my instinct since I thought you were going to hurt yourself becuase you sounded depressed and you didn't answer your phone." Now what do I do? Can that police report be sealed? My PT night job employer can get a copy by going down to the police station. And so can the FT day time employer who laid me off. Anyone I worked with can get a copy. Reputation is damaged