How can I get a copy of the police report about my arrest?
The main office of the police department will have a filed copy of the police report, within a few days of the incident. Information on how to obtain reports should be posted in the office itself or the government website.
You may not be able to view the entire report, however. Portions may be blacked-out or otherwise withheld if the material is considered confidential, such as the names of informants, undercover law enforcement officers, witnesses, and mandated child abuse reporters (such as teachers). Often, information about victims in criminal sexual conduct cases will be blocked out.
If the investigation is ongoing, the report may not be available, though you may be able to get a "public portion" of the report, including transcripts of 911 recordings. Once the investigation has concluded and charges have been filed, your defense attorney will have access to the whole report.
by: Paul Bergman
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