Thank you for your reply, W.
First of all, please understand how this works, and what your options here are.CRIMINAL MATTER
The process works this way:
1. The police investigate, which involves interviewing all parties involved;
2. The police make a file of the case, along with a recommendation as to whether or not to charge;
3. The file gets handed to the District Attorney who makes the final decision as to whether or not to charge;
4. If you are charged, you may be arrested or summoned to Court
5. If at step 1, you make a confession or something tantamount to one, you may be arrested then and there, and then the D.A. will file charges.
Hence, talking to the police is very dangerous! Now you already have, but in the future, it is best to use counsel
to do so. You have the right not to talk to the police. You have the right to have an attorney act as your agent, and agree to an interview, or simply release a statement, or something in between, etc. Whatever your counsel feels is best. However, it seems that the police have dropped this matter and likely, it will not result in any issues provided no serious threats by you were made (if not, then there is no case for any criminal charges).CIVIL ACTION
If you feel that she has filed a false police report
on you, you may wish to pursue her for (1) defamation and (2) intentional infliction of emotional distress.
INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS - this tort requires four elements to be proved: (1) the wrongdoer's conduct was intentional or reckless; (2) the conduct was outrageous and intolerable; (3) there was a causal connection between the wrongdoer's conduct and the emotional distress; and (4) the emotional distress was severe. Harris v. Kreutzer, 624 SE 2d 24 - Va: Supreme Court 2006
DEFAMATION is (1) publication of (2) an actionable statement with (3) the requisite (malicious) intent. Jordan v. Kollman, 612 SE 2d 203 - Va: Supreme Court 2005
Now, you ask: "Should I ask for the names of their attorneys?" They may not have attorneys. However, you may wish to pursue a civil case for her filing this false report, or simply drop the matter.
If you due pursue, an attorney is recommended. May I recommend the VA Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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