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My neighbors wont stop harassing threatening and reporting

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My neighbors won't stop harassing threatening and reporting us to various state and city officials. All complaints have been unfounded or dismissed. The first incident was a ticket and summons for our yard. There was a code enforcement officer in my back yard not in police uniform and fully armed. I got to court and charges were dropped by the city. The judge was told there were extenuating circumstances and the head of zoning told me there was nobody with that description in my yard. The ticket was signed by a different uniformed officer. The next incident, I was home alone with my dogs. The neighbor came into my house illegally returned the dogs and called child protective services because I was asleep. There were no children home and charges were unfounded. I got a ticket for unlicensed dogs in the city while the neighbor overheard me talking about getting licenses for my dogs. They have both threatened me and cursed me out, after a complaint to police. the husband is a detective
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 8 years ago.
If the neighbor made what they believed at the time to be a valid complaint, the fact that enforcement action was taken is not the neighbor's fault. You would have to prove that the complaints were made and were known to be false at the time they were made in order to seek to recover for slander/defamation against the neighbor. Unfortunately, a citizen has a right to report what they believe to be a violation of the law. Since they made the child protection complaint and no children were home, if you can prove they knew no children were present then you would have a claim you could bring against the neighbor for that complaint. Other than that, if your dogs were unlicensed and the neighbor made the complaint, then that is not actionable.

You could also sue her for unauthorized entry/tresspassing into your home or onto your property.

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