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Is it Defamation or Personal Injury?

dreamstimescale_cartoon9921102_stdIn our country of free speech, it’s all too common for defamation to occur as people use their words inappropriately. It’s actually possible to receive compensation for damages that occurred due to defamation, especially when the accusations can be proven false.

Defining Defamation, Libel, and Slander

Defamation occurs when someone conveys information about another person which causes harm. Slander and libel are both forms of character defamation that are actionable under federal and state laws. Slander is considered short-term defamation, usually in the form of spoken words or gestures. Libel, on the other hand, is defamation that is written, printed, or even in picture or video form. Read More

Understanding the Statue of Limitations

legal documentsOur country’s legal system carefully outlines how crimes should be handled, including statute of limitations. The statute of limitation for a crime forbids prosecutors from charging someone with a crime that was committed more than a specific number of years ago.

Statute of limitations was first enforced to ensure convictions occurred with evidence that hadn’t deteriorated with time, like eyewitnesses who gradually forgot details or physical items that were no longer reliable. After the period of the statute has expired, the person who committed the crime can no longer be charged. Read More