Defamation lawsuits are difficult at best...Firstly, truth is a defense. Secondly, you must be able to quantify your damages. Other than being embarrassed, what financial harm have you suffered? That's the big question and the only one that will attract a lawyer's attention.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--19 years experience. Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy
I agree with Mr. Finnecy, just move on. You do not sound like you have suffered much.
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Maybe. Defamation is a civil action dealing with an injury to one's reputation. Can you show a measureable amount of damage to your reputation as a result of the individual? Attorney fees? Moreover, was the complaint objectively untrue and made without a good faith belief in its truth? That is where is may get really hard for you to show. Plus, what would be your real damages if you were somewhat "vindicated" by the DA rejecting the case? If you can show you were denied a job based on the report, that may help. Were you evicted from your housing because of the complaint? Was there other measurable damages?
Defamation, along with abuse of process, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment may be possible causes of action. However, we all appear to be criminal attorneys providing advice to a civil matter. Contact a civil rights attorney for your best advice.
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