Could someone be blamed for someone else’s suicide

Recently my friends boyfriend
committed suicide after she broke up
with him after she found out he was
cheating on her. She also recently
told me that her boyfriend didn’t like
her talking me to me I am a male.
So can she get in trouble and could I
also somehow get in trouble?

Asked on June 9, 2016 under Criminal Law, Indiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no liability, either criminal or civil, for another's suicide unless:
1) You actually assisted in the suicide (gave him pills, helped him hang himself, etc.); or
2) The suicide was the result of deliberate harassment, stalking, publication of personal, private information, etc. which was intended to inflict mental harm or cruelty.

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