My son as been falsely accused of sex crimes, we have a criminal attorney and evidence she lied. Can we sue her for lying?

Asked over 2 years ago - Rocklin, CA

They had only communicated over facebook, and discussed watching prono, she sent him picture of her private areas and talked about having sex. When she was at my home, they only went to 2nd base, she was texting her friends and left to go out to call her friend and came back in side. After she left she called her brother and cried my son had tried to force himself on her. We have a criminal attorney for the legal case who plans to impeach her on the stand. We have spent around 20k for his bail and defense. Can we sue her for filing a false police report when it comes out that she has been lying all a long. How do we find an attorney for this kind of case?

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  1. Greg Hagopian

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    Answered . Yes, but no. The civil action you are thinking of is called Libel. This happens when a person tells damaging lies about you. The problem is that you would have the burden of proof (by a preponderance of the evidence in a civil case, meaning more likely than not) that she was lying. In terms of an attempted rape, this is probably impossible.

    The type of attorney who would take such a case is generally reffered to in th biz as a PI or Personal Injury attorney. Check AVVO for your area (I know, shameless plug for the site).

    I should also note that the fact that your son and this girl were not having intercourse does not necessarily mean that he is not guilty of a sex crime. It mostly depends on the girl's age.

  2. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr

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    Answered . If you can get the DA to "go for" the crime of filing a false police report, and if the state prevails, restitution may be possible.

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  3. Pius Joseph

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    Answered . It appears that at present your son is a Defendant in a criminal case. Your focus should be on his defense and acquittal.
    Once acquitted you have opened up avenues for malicious prosecution and emotional distress damages claims. Of course you will need DA to take a reverse course to charge her with filing a False police report. A lot will depend on how you can get her to admit to perjuring herself.

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