I'm not sure of whom you are speaking. Are you saying that a private individual is threatening you with a crime ball case in order to gain an unfair advantage in a civil case? If so, this is expressly prohibited.
In Ohio under Disciplinary Rule known as DR 7-105(a), courts and ethics committees have struggled with the reach and scope of the prohibition. What constitutes a threat? If it is a threat, was it made solely to gain an advantage in a civil matter? New York State Bar Association Opinion 772 (2003) addressed these issues under the New York Code of Professional Responsibility, which retains a version of DR 7-105(a). As part of its analysis, the opinion summarized state bar ethics opinions and caselaw on the subject of the circumstances under which a statement that might be considered to be ambiguous could be considered to be a threat of criminal prosecution:
DR 7-105(A) DORS NOT PROHIBIT ALL THREATS to present criminal charges; it prohibits only those that are made “solely to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.” For that reason, ethics opinions and court decisions in other jurisdictions have found no violation of DR 7- 105(A) or its counterparts when the threat of presenting criminal charges is intended for a purpose other than obtaining an advantage in a civil matter.
You need to be a little more clear about what the situation is. Is it the "father" of a girl you were talking to online? Is it your opponent in a lawsuit? Is it a police officer? Are there legitimate charges you may face? These questions need answering, and the best place to discuss them is in private with a lawyer.
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In order to properly answer your questions a lot more information would be needed. I would not advise posting the specific details on an online forum or discussing this with anyone other than the attorney that you retain to assist you.
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