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ScottyMacEsq : I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: I live in Ohio
ScottyMacEsq : Thank you. In your case you can get an "order of protection" against harassment and/or stalking. Basically if there is a pattern of conduct that knowingly causes another to believe that the offender will cause physical harm or mental distress to another person, that would qualify under Ohio law for a "civil protection order" (CPO). This is a restraining order that tells her to stop contacting your family members (with the intent to harass you ultimately). If she violates the order, she can be held in contempt.
ScottyMacEsq : The first thing I would do is contact the police (on the non-emergency line) and ask about harassment. This might be something that they will pursue, although it's also possible that they will say it's a civil matter.
ScottyMacEsq : You can also contact the county clerk in your area to find out if they have these forms for restraining orders / orders of protection.
ScottyMacEsq : If this is meant to harass you, that's clearly harassment, and you can pursue a restraining order that keeps her from contacting your family members.
ScottyMacEsq : Furthermore, you can send a "cease and desist" letter to her demanding that she stop defaming you, otherwise you may pursue legal recourse for the defamatory statements that she has made, along with the harassing behavior that she has engaged in.
ScottyMacEsq : (as a practical matter, it might not actually qualify for a defamation case, as defamation requires a false statement of material fact that causes identifiable, quantifiable harm... if you can't prove to a fair degree of certainty how much (in dollar figures) you were harmed by the defamatory statement, you would not be able to recover anything. It could be a good bluff though)
ScottyMacEsq : But the better argument is that her actions constitute harassment, and if so, you can pursue POTENTIAL criminal action against her (by contacting the police regarding her behavior) as well as civil action against her for the harassment.
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Customer: Thank you for the information this helps my stress level some.