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Can I press charges for Slander?

Nederland, TX |

My boyfriend's ex girlfriend went to my boyfriend's job and slandered him to his boss. The next day she called his job's corporate office anonymously and did the same thing. Can he press charges?

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Pressing charges usually means criminal charges. Defamation issues are not criminal in nature, but rather civil. If he suffers an adverse job consequence as a result of slanderous comments, he should speak with a civil attorney about suing the ex-girlfriend.
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"Pressing charges" is used for a criminal matter, and defamation is civil.


He may have a claim for civil damages. The questions I would want to answer initially are whether he was harmed by the comments and whether she has the money to pay for that harm if he was. Feel free to have him call me at the number below.

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Agreed. Depending on what was said about him, there may be a basis for a lawsuit. Best bet is to talk to a lawyer. Good luck.

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