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  1. #1
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    Default Is it Legal for Somebody to Distribute Your Criminal Record

    My question involves defamation in the state of: Tx
    I was arrested yesterday for driving while license invalid. When my fiance went with her sister to pick up her car from impound the towing company's employee printed off my arrest record and gave it to them. He then went on to bring up a past drug charge and say that it was probably the cause since marijauna smokers don't finish things, bad mouthing me for no reason. Is it legal for him to do this?

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    Default Re: Is There Anything I Can Do

    Truth is not actionable. Your record is your record.

    Opinions are not actionable.

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    Default Re: Is There Anything I Can Do

    Unless you are a minor, your arrest records are a matter of public record. Most likely, she could have gone online and obtained them. His opinions of drugs users are his to keep or share - not much you can do about them. Now if he was spreading false information and causing you harm/damages, like keeping you from getting a job or house or something, you could perhaps bring suit against him. However at this point, it appears he did not do anything that would give you the option to sue him or force him to shut his mouth.

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    Default Re: Is There Anything I Can Do

    Quote Quoting adjusterjack
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    Truth is not actionable. Your record is your record.

    Opinions are not actionable.
    "Actionable," the new word of the week.

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    Default Re: Is There Anything I Can Do

    Quote Quoting Chuck77
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    "Actionable," the new word of the week.
    Yeah, and? Sounds spot on to me

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actionable

    Definition of actionable
    1 : subject to or affording ground for an action or suit at law
    2 : capable of being acted on

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