I come home very late some days and our family is a minority living in an all white neighborhood. My neighbor has called the police and have made false claims against our family and have told the police that they have seen us outside of our home at odd hours of the night and/or day. The neighbor who has called the police on us claims to be a paralegal and hold her phone over our fence and records our family in our backyard. We have confronted her and she states that she is a "paralegal" and that she knows the law and that she KNOWS people---inferring that she has power and making an idle threat. If in case she is a paralegal where can I report these actions? I feel that her behavior, her threats, and her harassment and the entitlement that she had to "harass" my family because she is a paralegal and "knows people" is not ethical and she herself, has crossed some legal and boundaries that are close to harassment
There is no authority that regulates paralegals. A paralegal is not an attorney (who, in contrast, are regulated by the Colorado Supreme Court and regulation counsel). You will have to file legal action (after getting advice from an attorney on the claims) to put an end to their actions.
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Paralegals are not licensed professionals in CO, so as Robert points out, there is no place to "report" them. And even if you could, the situation you describe is a civil/personal dispute between you and your the neighbor (granted, a big hassle). Regulatory agencies regulate people in the "conduct of their profession," not their personal lives. So, even if your neighbor was an attorney, attorney regulation would not investigate.
It is an unfortunate situation that you live next to a bothersome neighbor and it is a major hassle without much of recourse.
There is no such thing as an "odd hour" to be out and about, particularly at your own home, so I'm guessing nothing has come of your neighbor's police contact. Holding her phone over your fence to record your activity is trespass and invasion of privacy. You might suggest that she have her high-powered lawyer employer explain those concepts to her.
First, even if the person was a lawyer, this would not be something that disciplinary counsel would become involved in. This is a personal dispute between two neighbors and has nothing to do with legal ethics. Second, paralegals are just regular people. There are no special ethics requirements, nor is there a disciplinary board (as there is for lawyers) to whom you can report paralegals. Paralegals do not have ethical requirements they must follow like lawyers. When a paralegal works under a lawyer, the lawyer must make sure that the paralegal follows the lawyer's ethical rules, but only as relates to the clients of the lawyer.
If this person is harassing you, then you can say so to the police. That would be one way to handle it. But this person sounds like a plain old, garden variety, nosy jerk. I would ignore her. If she thinks you are disturbed by her conduct, it will simply make her continue to engage in her bullying behavior. The fact that she "knows" people is irrelevant. But I will say though, that most of the time, when people actually "know" people, they don't feel the need to say so.
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