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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: Can you sue a former employer for making a false police report against you

I found a lot of false information in my "incident report" filled out by the police department covering my case. Can i file suit against those who made the false allegations?

David Edward Boyle
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David Edward Boyle
answered on Oct 25, 2018

If the criminal charges are dismissed you may be able to sue the employer for false arrest.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: Is it Defamation of character & discrimination,if your supervisor tells you you're suspicious of theft?

Although nothing has been stolen ,they are insinuating that I am a thief...of course I am black with dreadlocks & have been labeled far too much in my life the same way,& I'm sick of it I'm 45 yrs old,when does this Idiocracy stop? ...I believe this is racially rooted &... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 24, 2018

Defamation generally requires some form of communication to a third person (someone other than yourself). This can be in the form of spoken words, social media post, email, letter, article, etc. An employment law attorney might be able to provide more meaningful insight about some of the other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: If my husband babymother (child he had iutside our marriage) is always talking bad about me and our kids what do we do?

If my husband babymother (child he had iutside our marriage) is always talking bad about me in emails to my husband (for ex: she would call me b*tches and etc when all he would do is ask her how son doing or address an issue that son told us about her and her boyfriend hitting him (only 3 years... Read more »

David Edward Boyle
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David Edward Boyle
answered on Oct 15, 2018

You have the power to end the situation. You can change your email and create a new facebook profile that is not public. If she is a pain in the ass just ignore her and cut her off from communication. If there is an active custody case between your husband and her there is usually a clause in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: I have an open investigation with DFACS. My child's father has received paperwork for custody of my child. I didn

I haven't received paperwork. The accusations haven't been proved true. Is this legal for them to do? Can I sue for this? I feel like this is defamation of character and slandering my name. He has not legitimized my son either. I haven't received any kind of paperwork... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
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Ellaretha Coleman
answered on Jun 16, 2018

You will need to fight the dependency allegations to regain custody. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: What to do when slanderd, restriction of education, assault

I’m in high school and theirs a ongoing investigation to see if I stole something or not. I did not steal the items I’m accused of. But my teacher is constantly telling students and other teachers that I’m a thief (isn’t that consistent slander?) because now people look at me differently.... Read more »

David Edward Boyle
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David Edward Boyle
answered on May 16, 2018

You can file a law suit alleging slander. You will have to prove the teacher made an untrue statement and you suffered damages as a result. If you are in fact under investigation, that fact is true.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: I had a false claim reported against me to DFACS in Gwinnett county. Case is closed, but want to know legal rights.

The person is my boyfriend's ex's mother and I have found out the department is now going after her, but I want to know where I should go from here to protect myself and my children.

P. Justin Thrailkill
P. Justin Thrailkill
answered on Mar 7, 2018

There is nothing for you to do at this time. The department will take care of it. If anything arises in the future, speak to counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: False police report terminates visitation:

Ex has custody of our son. I have supervised visits. If relevant, he has son b/c of Facebook posts. We had a custody eval, the psych test results were invalid. Since have gotten valid eval.

On Feb 18, Son was complaining of hand pain 10 min in2 visitation  (4 which my mom, grandma, fiance,... Read more »

P. Justin Thrailkill
P. Justin Thrailkill
answered on Feb 26, 2018

You need to talk to an attorney. You need to bring your custody papers with you when you do. You also need to take a copy of this safety plan, as you may have messed up and agreed to the safety plan unwittingly.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Small Claims and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: can i sue the local news for lieing and making a story up causing me to lose my job
Forrest Clinton Barbour
Forrest Clinton Barbour
answered on Jan 25, 2018

Consult with an attorney who handles slander/libel/defamation cases. You have directed this question to criminal defense attorneys.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Contracts and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: I had to clean up hazardous debris on a puece of rental property. Owner refused to do it. Now owner claims it was a gift

My dog was horrifically injured requiring 13 stables and a puncture wound. Property owner had no insurance. Did pay vet bill. Property owner still refused to correct the problem. I cleaned up and removed the debris. Property owner watched while I did it. Property owner stated she worked smart not... Read more »

William C. Head
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William C. Head
answered on Aug 20, 2017

If you had an AGREEMENT, you could take the property owner to small claims court, to enforce the agreement. The type of claim, if any, that you had, is called quantum meruit, and has to be taken in a court of equity. For most courts in America, that filing fee would greatly exceed you bill.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: My former neighbors tore up my fence before they moved. New neighbors were told I tore up the fence. Do I have a case?

You can tell it was broken from their side due to the spreading of dirt from an in ground pool being installed. Their yard is at least 6 inches taller than mine.

William C. Head
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William C. Head
answered on Aug 13, 2017

What is your economic harm, in this case? Did their claims cost you your job? Or, is it just the fence repair?

Sounds like fence repair, to me. Sue them in small claims court, for the fence costs. The judgement will prove who was telling the truth.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: Can something be done about a person on jury duty who was not picked, talking about my case at her workplace and church?
William C. Head
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William C. Head
answered on Aug 11, 2017

If what is being stated is not truthful, possibly. Simply reporting that the woman talked about you FACING charges is not libelous. Certain mean-spirited people THRIVE off trying to diminish others.

Before being seated on a jury, potential jurors take a couple of sworn oaths. However, none...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: I have an ex boyfriend who claims I have him an std but I don't have it and claims he is going to police what do I do?

He has been claiming this for at least a month now he was in another state and came back to GA he has contacted my family on social media claiming to be my fiancé we have never been engaged nor are we together I tried to defuse the situation by talking to him in person and which didn't end... Read more »

William C. Head
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William C. Head
answered on Aug 4, 2017

Tell him, in email and text to not contact you further. Then, block his number on your phone.

Then, record any and all communications after that, for police to see later.

Monitor any social media. If he makes false claims about STD, you can sue him.

Follow up with police on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: Can a person get arrested for making false claims about child abuse?

A friend of mine has full custody of his children. His ex constantly calls the Department of Family and Children Services and the police and makes claims that the children are being physically and sexually assaulted. The ex has not visited the children for more than 6 months but calls the two... Read more »

William C. Head
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William C. Head
answered on Jul 23, 2017

It sounds like a crime, and possibly is a crime. Various statutes control such harassing behavior, even if it is being done to another party. If you have a criminal defense lawyer, ask him or her about whether the attorney will assist you in presenting this set of facts to the District Attorney for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: court for a hearing for a warrant for battery. I have never touched this person.what should I do
Robbie Levin
Robbie Levin
answered on Jun 27, 2017

It sounds like you have a pre-warrant issuance hearing. Hire a lawyer before the hearing date. If a warrant is issued, you may be sent to jail.

www.LevinLawyerGa.com

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Georgia on
Q: If a person calls impersonating a lawyer is it an arrestable offense?

The person in question was just released from jail on drug and gun charges.

William C. Head
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William C. Head
answered on Apr 7, 2017

Possibly so, but the circumstances of the event will determine that. For example, if the person claimed being an attorney to convince you to send him/her money to settle a lawsuit or claim, that would likely be something a Prosecutor would want to pursue. Having a recording of the exact statements... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: Can an employer lie about your income to an apartment?

I was applying for an appartment in GA that had income restrictions. My boss lied about my income by $9000 and i was rejected.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Mar 7, 2017

I don't see that he has done anything other than lie--may want to keep an eye open for other jobs as he's not doing you any favors.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: What can I do about a false positive hair follicle drug test by an employer that is preventing me from getting jobs?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Oct 7, 2016

You would want to consult a member of the Ga.TrialLawyers Assn who handles employment to see what your options are.

There should be some way of clearing this but frankly there aren't.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Georgia on
Q: Complicated one. Local mayor is accusing me of being the "brains" behind a fake email

He has fired my son that worked for the city in IT for not confessing that I did it. I did not. It appears that the mayor wants a friend of his appointed as city clerk. He had originally made the appointment but it came undone due to an email requesting open records on the job and appointee. Based... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 8, 2016

Contact a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Assn who handles libel cases--they give free consultation. As what is being claimed if true wouldn't necessarily be bad--an open records request--then difficult to say if it is libelous. However to the extent there is a "false light"... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: If someone is continually writing on social media and telling everyone that I am an iv meth drug addict is it slander.

I am being accused of misusing my disabilty for money and that I shoot up meth. Obviously lie. The party knows its a lie. Is that considered slander because my life and my name is ruined.

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki
answered on Jul 21, 2015

Talk to a local defamation lawyer to determine if you have a claim.

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