My neighbor has falsely accused me of stealing there mail she has told all her neighbors in apartment complex that I'm stealing mail in now all of them is thinking that iam . I don't steal nothing from nobody in now this person is ruining my reputation and putting me in danger because they assuming something that is not true what should I do
I am re-posting this under the libel and slander category.
If your neighbor has accused you of a felony, then you can sue. Whether that will make practical sense is unclear-you should consult an attorney specializing in defamation cases to get a more complete idea of your legal rights and options.
It is possible you could also seek a civil harassment restraining order under Code of Civil Procedure Section 527.6, since defamation is generally not protected by the First Amendment.
the previous answer is good. I would add one thing - you should immediately buy some security cameras and use them so you can either catch whoever is stealing mail or prove that it's not you. Make sure you don't have any rules stating you can't do it.
1. Assuming that you and your neighbor currently reside in the State of California, in which city and county do you and your neighbor reside in?
2. Starting on what date did your neighbor commence falsely accusing you of stealing mail?
3. Starting on what date did your neighbor commence telling his or her neighbors that you were stealing mail?
4. Can you quantify how many neighbors your neighbor has told that you were stealing mail?
5. Has the accusation or have the accusations been written, verbal, or both?
6. As a result of the accusation or accusations, has the accusation or accusations caused you any type of damage (e.g., monetarily, reputation wise, etc.)? How has the accusation or how have the accusations affected you?
7. Is your neighbor a public figure or a private figure?
8. In my professional opinion, I believe that you should consult with a licensed California attorney so that you can receive the best legal advice possible.
9. In my professional opinion, you may possibly have a cause of action for defamation, a cause of action for false light, and a cause of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress. However, it depends based upon the respective statute of limitations for each individual, respective cause of action.
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