Richmond, VA asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Virginia

Q: Can I file harassment charges if someone calls my office and makes false accusations about me that get me in trouble?

My fiance's ex has been stalking me on social media and harassing us both by sending him everything I've ever posted in a support group that was supposed to be private and helpful for me as a stepmom to their daughter. I have her number blocked on my phone but she's still attacking me through him, and now has escalated by filing a false CPS report against me and even had someone pretending to be CPS call my job and say that I'm pretending to be a lawyer to intimidate others (which is completely untrue - I work at a law firm but have never represented myself as such). I tried to file charges but since she's been indirectly attacking me, the police said I couldn't. Now that she's escalated, what are my options?

1 Lawyer Answer
Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Spotsylvania , VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You can go directly to the Magistrate's office in the county where you live and file a complaint. That way, you aren't involving the police at all since you say they won't help you.

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