My neighbor is out of control. She calls the police for no reason, insults me and my guests, videotapes people at my house, or any activity at my house. I tried to reason with her but she is an angry and unhappy person.
You may have multiple causes of action, including libel, slander, invasion of privacy and intrusion upon seclusion. In addition, there are issues if harassment that you may have grounds to Enjoin. You shluld contact a local civil law or personal injury attorney. Please be aware that a case like this is likely to be an hourly attorney fee as opposed to a contingency fee basis.
Unfortunately the law is bad at getting people to behave nicely, especially the passive aggressive. Sometimes having tall thin trees or a tall hedge is the answer. But contact an attorney as a letter may get her to look for a different target. Contact Fellowship Farm in Pottstown Pa. for other suggestions as they've done a lot of work with these types of issues.
You can, but these types of cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute. As for slander, insults may not necessarily rise to the level of slander. It depends on what is said. You might consider instead filing a petition for a restraining order. Explain to the judge that you are in genuine fear of this woman. With a restraining order, the police have grounds to arrest the neighbor if she violates the order. That may serve your purpose of getting her to back off. I agree with the other answer that a lawsuit would be extremely expensive in terms of attorneys fees
What a mess. Bad neighbor cases are extremely difficult. At this point, I would definitely suggest involving a lawyer. At the least maybe a cease and desist can get her to stop, which is no doubt what you really want.
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A strong cease and desist letter from a local attorney may put an end to this nonsense. Avvo has a great lawyer finder tool to locate an attorney close to your home. Good luck.
Quite frankly, Los Angeles is one of the worst places to obtain help from the police even with a restraining order. I know someone with a criminal restraining order and she could not get the police to enforce it. Your best bet is to hire an attorney to send a cease and desist letter based on invasion of privacy and harassment. It may or may not work depending on the neighbor. Good luck!
Sometimes neighborly disputes rise to the level of criminal conduct (as in harassing guests to the point of inducing fear of bodily injury) and sometimes such conduct falls just short of needing cop involvement... when one does not know... one should start with the local police department and see whether they will help... if that fails, then spend the money to buy an hour of time with a local lawyer for a one on one consultation to see if any civil actions can be brought or whether a nasty lawyer letter is the way to go.
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