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Does Defamation go on your criminal record?

Dearborn, MI |

Can you goto jail in circuit court for defamation?

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Defamation is a civil tort.bthat means that the "guilty" party is assessed money damages. No jail.

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If you are charged and convicted of Criminal Libel or Criminal Defamation it will go on your "criminal record". If charged criminally, defamation is a misdemeanor offense (possible 90 days in jail for first offense or up to 1 year in jail for second offense) which is dealt with on the District Court level unless part of some other felony prosecution which is handled at the Circuit Court level. It is rare in Michigan for there to be a criminal prosecution for Defamation, but no unheard of. Usually, it is brought as a civil action by the person defamed, not the State, and money damages are sought. Therefore, if it is brought as a civil action, not criminal, there is NO jail time. Hence, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney (criminal defamation) who also has personal injury experience (civil defamation) to analyze your particular situation.

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