Defamation is based on lies. It is a direct attempt to harm someone's reputation based on lies that one knows to be lies.
So it needs to be proved that what the police sent is a lie. Truth is a defense to defamation.
So I understand what you are saying - but until he is proved not guilty then it is not a lie.
Anything that happens with the police or in the courts is public information. And so whether the police disseminate it or someone reads about it in the newspaper or court records it is all public knowledge.
The police have done nothing wrong, because that may be part of an investigation process where they are trying to scare others and so they can get more information for the case or other cases - the big fish so to speak
You may be able to negotiate a plea bargain. But you want a local attorney to assist with this because anything your son says to the District Attorney can and will be used against him. So, I suggest it is best to have a local attorney negotiate the plea for him
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