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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Q: Is it still extortion if the threat is to press charges for an illegal act?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 25, 2022

It is not extortion to say that you are going to press charges for harassment unless the person stops bothering you. It is extortion to say that unless the person pays you $50,000, you are going to file charges for harassment.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Constitutional Law, Legal Malpractice and Libel & Slander on
Q: Hello What do I need to submit to get a us citizenship waiver? I have sent my poverty statement. Thank you kindly

As above.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 23, 2022

This doesn't look like a personal injury or constitutional law matter, and it will probably go unnoticed in these categories. There's no guarantee every question is ultimately picked up, but you could try reposting under Immigration Law. You'd have better chances of a response there. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Libel & Slander for Arizona on
Q: If your husband uses fraud as a reason for annulment will that link your name in docs legally to fraud?

Should you fight the reason if it isn't fair even if you both just want it to be over.

Rich J. Peters
Rich J. Peters
answered on Feb 17, 2022

Using the word fraud in a petition for annulment is very common, and is not necessarily accusing you of anything illegal. To obtain an annulment, he must allege and prove that there was some legal impediment to the marriage. By using the word fraud, he is alleging that there is something he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: What if the investating officer tells the victim to do something for instance in my case my ex filed a report and put a

Criminal trespassing on me the officer told her that if she was in fear of me retaliating against her he said if she was that he could get a warrant for something she had said I did months before she made the report the officer thst issued a warrant and told her that when they come to our residence... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Feb 16, 2022

It is likely that none of that will matter if your criminal defense attorney is basically a plea broker. Hire the best criminal defense trial attorney who is based in the same county where the case is pending. The prosecutor will probably start from a position of believing that the officer's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Is it slander if a coworker lied to my employer and got me fired?

A coworker told my employer I lied about taking time off to go to a dentist appointment. I have proof I went to the appointment. Keep in mind, I put in my two week notice a week before I was fired and this has happened to countless other employees of this business.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Feb 15, 2022

That may be slander, but if you were going to leave in a week anyway, there would not be enough in damages to make a slander lawsuit worth the time and money it would take to bring it. As to the other employees, their individual situations would have to be assessed.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law, Sexual Harassment and Libel & Slander on
Q: What can I do about harassment from an international person that is threatening to release sensitive information?

They live in Tennessee, I am a resident of Ontario. Over multiple social media platforms they have threatened me by releasing sensitive information, consisting of non-explicit videos of myself posted without my consent. I dated this person, which is why they have these videos.

I have... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Feb 10, 2022

Your question is quite interesting, but the only international aspect of it is the possibility of a crime across national borders.

If you analyze it this way, the injury occurred in Canada, so it should be reported to law enforce straightaway, be it the local police, the provincial police...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: Mistaken identity wrongfully charged with a crime

Nobody bothered to further investigate the surveillance footage to verify whether or not it was even me no investigating officer met me in person to compare me to the footage and now a year later I'm going to jury trial for a crime I didn't commit that I've already been charged with.

Matthew Maerowitz
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Matthew Maerowitz
answered on Feb 9, 2022

If you are going to jury trial it sounds like you already have an attorney and this is something you want to discuss with your attorney. If you have not hired an attorney it is strongly advised you consult an attorney immediately. The prosecutor is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Kentucky on
Q: I'm being accused of texting a person off of a texting app and it's not me the cops have been here three times.

I keep telling them to trace the call but all three times they keep saying that if it happens again they are going to arrest me, but it's not me..... what can I do? The person texting them is using my name but it truly isn't me.

Leland Hulbert
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Leland Hulbert
answered on Feb 9, 2022

This is becoming a common problem with these third party apps. Just make sure you keep or screenshot your call logs. If the police go the extra mile they can subpoena IP logs to see where the initiating calls are coming from but they typically not do that unless it is a serious case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for New York on
Q: My reputation was affected by a spiteful alumni correspondent. Do I have a case?

I lost close friends and have been depressed as a result of his actions.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 1, 2022

I'm sorry for the ordeal you experienced. It would be difficult for any attorney to answer a simple "yes" or "no" as to whether you have a case. In terms of legal elements, one could meet the elements of a defamation action in terms of being the victim of a false statement,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: Should this be small claims, which state to file if so?

I will do my best to keep this brief yet concise. I have primary residential custody of 4 children who were the product of a previous marriage. I remarried and we live in Jackson County MO.The divorce and custody agreement were filed in Leavenworth County KS. There is an open child abuse... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jan 18, 2022

It’s unclear what relief you seek. Small claims court is only for money damages. Okay you seek injunctive relief, such as an order into remove the defamatory statements, you cannot get such relief in small claims court.

Whether you hire an attorney to sue will depend largely on whether...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Libel & Slander and Probate for Maryland on
Q: I inherited a house that I lived in with my mom for 30 years it’s not been transferred to myself and sister yet

She is the executioner of the will but she has been stealing valuables from the house so I added security cameras and she is making false claims she didn’t go through my personal possessions can I have her removed as the executive of the will? She inherited the house in a 50/50 split? Until it... Read more »

Shaneka Johnson
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Shaneka Johnson
answered on Jan 13, 2022

The personal representative of a estate is give certain authorities in the will. It is common for the PR to have authority to enter into contract and collect rents on property in the estate for the benefit of the estate. If you are not on the deed and are not the PR your rights have not fully... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: What type of lawyer do I need to hire in a matter of being falsely accused by an individual and targeted by the person.

I've had an individual file report accusing me of things I have not done and know nothing about with the local state and fed. This guy is targeting me because he for she rain thinks I've slept with his girlfriend or whatever she is. I don't know if this girl is feeding him a bunch... Read more »

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Generally speaking, a criminal defense attorney would know best how to navigate the criminal justice system and analyze what is happening in order to tell you if any crimes are actually being committed against you.

Q: How close is the initial settlement offer to the final from an insurance company? Like night or day?
Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Jan 11, 2022

It depends... on the facts, the injuries, the adjuster, the insurance company, the status of your case, and even the attorney representing you. No random lawyer can answer a question like this without specific details. Consult with an attorney or several attorneys to get a better idea of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: What does the Continuing Tort Doctrine apply to and how can it be used successfully?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 6, 2022

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for five weeks. As a GENERAL matter, the continuing tort doctrine arises when wrongful acts continue to inflict damages until they cease. But you must consult with a Texas attorney on this because different jurisdictions could rely... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Civil Litigation and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: What type an attorney do I need? Does my company have any liability? Can I countersue for defamation? Who can help me?

My company is being named in an lawsuit. Person A who's role was a mgr (not employee) of my company transferred from Independent Contractors' personal email/computer a video with sexual content to his personal email; never associated with the business. IC found out called the police and... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jan 6, 2022

First, you should tender defense of the claim to your insurance company. Hopefully, you have employment practices liability insurance as part of your general liability insurance.

Second, your decision to terminate the IC may be considered retaliation for the complaint. The facts are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark on
Q: I want to write a medical drama. How do I know whether it plagiarizes/infringes on another or is illegal?

Any particular details I musn’t have in common - character relationship dynamics, certain specialties that make a show distinct (as far as I know, psychiatry makes Chicago Med somewhat distinct), following a seasonly promotion, etc?

Also, are there any other things to worry about legally... Read more »

Dane E. Johnson
Dane E. Johnson
answered on Jan 6, 2022

You’ll probably want to make the medical scenes in your drama accurate but not so much because of a legal reason. Professional screenwriters often use medical consultants to provide realistic context to their stories for film and television.

Scripts also go through extensive clearance for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: i have 2 tort claims i intend to file n california at the same time and pay a lawyer after case is proven

i have been falsely accused of theft by a big corporation however they claimed to have proof and the video that the P.D did not show prooof of accusations and has prevented me from gainful employment due to its pending status. Now i have to go to trail the only evidence i had was the receipt... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Dec 28, 2021

More info needed.

1st you must find a tort lawyer who agrees to take your case on a contingency... that usually means a lawyer must invest his/her own money.

To go to trial could possibly be $25,000 to $100,000 in costs for the lawyer and involve weeks or months in trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Missouri on
Q: Can I sue my ex-employer for falsely accusing of theft with in investigative before I was fired and then threaten me

To pay back money that was not stolen from them and had me come in after I was fired to train someone to use computer I have emails were they say I stoled from them with I didn’t, I have proof. Can I sue for defamation of character I had 10yr with them with never one issue

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 20, 2021

Defamation cases are tough and expensive in Missouri. If your employer merely sent false emails to you and terminated your employment because it believed you committed theft, then you don't have a basis for a defamation suit in Missouri. Defamation requires publication of the false statement... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Trips to tijuana Mex with my gfs best friend, she's preg n tells my gf she's gonna file a police report. What do I do

was consentual several times , but she says she doesn't remember one occasion cause she was high n fell sleep

Vijay Dinakar
Vijay Dinakar
answered on Dec 14, 2021

If anyone ever suggests they will file a police report accusing you of a crime, you remember never to speak to the police if questioned. That is what you must remember of above all else. Many cases which could be fought and won are totally ruined because the accused decided to speak with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I sued an ex for agurvated assualt and slander
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Dec 14, 2021

more info is needed

you can sue anyone for anything but the question you want to ask is if will you win and will it be worth the money you are going to spend?

Lawyers traditionally will not take a case like that on a contingency.

if it is criminal the person you are to sue...
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