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What organizations, aside from ACLU and Legal Aid, help protect and be a voice for those wrongfully accused of assault, etc.?

Marion, VA |

In other words, what options are available for those who have had assault charges taken out on them by someone with malicious intentions? Can you press charges on someone for lying about you? Would it be defamation of character/slander?

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If the person was spreading these lies around it would be defamation though your damages may not warrant bringing a claim.

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Unless you have sustained significant damages, a defamation suit could cost more than might be recovered. Most defamation lawyers want a $5,000.00 retainer just to begin work.


Assault is a criminal matter and if you are charged, you need to obtain a Private criminal defense attorney or a public defender. I suggest you deal with the criminal matter first and then, if the charges are dismissed, contact a civil attorney to assess your options against the person who lied.

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