If someone is convicted of criminal slander, can they also be sued in a civil case?
Question Details: I am on probation for possession of a controlled substance. I have been in good standing with my probation officer. I have not had a single violation of any kind since being placed on probation. Some people have been calling my probation officer and making false reports about me. Some of these stories are so outlandish that my PO knows right away they are not true. My state still has a criminal statute for slander per se. If the county attorney will prosecute these people, can I sue them in civil court for personal damages?
Yes, you can also sue them for defamation (slander is oral or spoken defamation) in civil court for monetary compensation. Criminal court and civil court are separate systems: regardless of what is done in one (e.g prosecuting or not in criminal court), you can bring an action in the other (e.g. a civil lawsuit). Good luck.