My daughter who has a history of emotional and behavioral problems, had a dispositional hearing for an assault charge on myself. Although my daughter's anger is usually directed at me, I understand that she has some significant emotional issues that we are working very hard at correcting with therapy. It took many years for me to get the proper help for her as when you are indigent, it is hard to get quality services in the area of mental health. She had been in trouble in the past and I fought very hard to get her not just punishment but quality mental health care so that she at least might have the ability to turn things around for her behaviorally. The Juvenile Probation officers did not appreciate or welcome my questions or my concern and they had no problem letting people know that. But I didn't back down....I advocated for my daughter as a parent should do. At her last dispositional hearing, where I was actually the victim, the juvenile probation officer was given the opportunity to make comments on the record. She made statements about me that were blatantly false which gave the impression that I was a substandard parent to my child and that was the reason for her behavior. I was not given the opportunity to rebut anything that she said on the record and those blatant lies are now a matter of public record in the court transcripts. Is there anything that I can do about her false statements. I feel that she made these statements for the sole purpose of making me appear to be a neglegent, substandard parent, when actually, I had been nothing but a concerned parent advocating for her child to be treated properly by the system. Can I sue her for defamation of character? If I can prove that she knowingly made false statements, can I win a suit against her and can I ask that she be penalized as far as misconduct on the part of an officer of the court?
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