Certain types of defamatory statements are automatically considered to have caused damage to the plaintiff, without the damage needing to be proven. These statements (allegations of certain criminal activities) may constitute defamation per se
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In Florida a person is allowed to bring a claim of malicious prosecution against another who has misused the judicial process against another person for an improper purpose. To bring a lawsuit for malicious prosecution there are 6 elements that must be met:
(1) a criminal or civil judicial proceeding was commenced or continued against a present plaintiff; (2) the commencement or continuation of that proceeding was caused by the present defendant; (3) there was a “bona fide” termination of the proceeding in the present plaintiff’s favor;
(4) there was no probable cause for the judicial proceeding to be commenced or continued;
(5) the present defendant commenced or continued the proceedings against the present plaintiff with “malice;”
(6) and the defendant caused legally cognizable damage to the present plaintiff.
If a person can successfully show all 6 elements they may be able to win a malicious prosecution claim.
It doesn't sound like you were arrested, which is a good thing. A false accusation was made against you, nothing more. You have little if any damages, that is to say, you were not really harmed by the false accusation. Sounds like you did the right thing by standing up for yourself. There's not much more you can do.