As with any lawsuit, you need to assess the viability of the suit. Do the people you are mad at have assets that you could collect should you be successful? Or are you suing someone who is barely getting by and has no assets? I suggest you consult with a local lawyer to find out what it would cost to bring the type of claim you are talking about and assess whether or not it is economically viable.
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Sorry to hear about your situation. Slander is the spoken form of something called "defamation" (written defamation is called "libel"). Generally speaking, to prevail on a defamation case, you need to prove the following:
1. Someone said something about you that was false and not a mere matter of opinion.
2. The false statement about you was harmful in a specific way (such as causing you to lose your house or custody of your children).
Depending on the specifics of your case (e.g., what was said, to whom, ect), you may have a defamation claim, but no honest attorney can say for sure without more detailed information. Therefore, you should consider speaking with a local attorney about the specifics of your case. Most personal injury attorneys offer free and confidential consultations. You must act quickly, as the law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim.
Hope this helps. Best of luck.
Note: this answer is not a substitute for legal counsel. As with any legal matter, you should strongly consider obtaining legal counsel to better understand your legal rights and obligations.
If someone falsely accused you of a crime, causing damages to you, you may have a cause of action at the civil law for defamation of character, etc. You should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
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