Defamation of character is not a criminal offense, it is civil in nature. You could be found responsible to pay money or stop your actions, but it is not a crime. You may be thinking about other crimes that are similar, but this is not. Visit www.kliszlaw.com to discuss. Tim Klisz
You may be confused between criminal and civil actions. Defamation is a civil action for damages, not a crimnal action. Civil juries find people responsible for something and award the appropriate damages
(money). In criminal cases, a prosecutor brings charges and if a jury finds someone guilty, then the Judge sentences the person for the crime.
Defamation is civil and has a very short Statute of Limitations. The damages are determined by how the person' defamatory acts harmed you