A 17 yr old at my church as spread rumors that I was a convicted child abuser and it has cause people to question my reputation the adminstrator has a very current federal background on me since it is requide by our church ins. to have which 100% clean
Without sustaining monetary damages, a lawsuit for slander would likely cost you more for the lawyer than you would recover. However, slander is the oral communication of false statements which are harmful to someone’s reputation. Spoken opinions which don't contain statements of fact don't constitute slander. The basic elements of a claim of slander include; 1.defamatory statement 2. published to third parties 3.which the speaker/publisher knew or should have known was false. Contact a local defamation lawyer in your city to protect your rights and reputation.
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"Charges" usually refers to a criminal referral. Defamation is civil in nature. Chances of you collecting money from a 17-year-old Is slim to none. You may find it beneficial to retain an attorney to send a letter to the 17 year old and to both of his parents, threatening future legal action if he does not cease and desist the defamatory comments.
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