If my neighbor has falsely accused me of communicating threats and trespassing, what do I need to do to sue him for making this false claim?

I know he has broken the law in doing this.

Asked on July 14, 2015 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You have two different options.  The first is to file a civil suit for defamation, especially if you were injured by his false statements.  The hardest part of many defamation suits is showing an injury.

If he filed a complaint with law enforcement, you could also file counter-charges for the filing of a false complaint.  This is similar to a defamation suit, except that it is part of the criminal justice system and the remedy is criminal accountability... not the recovery of monetary damages.


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