What legal options do you have after having been accused, prosecuted, then exonerated for a crime you did not commit?
There are several legal claims that come into play when someone is falsely accused or improperly prosecuted for a crime. The most common are civil claims based on either defamation of character, or malicious prosecution and/or false imprisonment.
On this page we’ll cover both scenarios as questions and answers to explain the legal concepts and requirements behind these types of claims.
What If I Haven’t Been Exonerated?
If you’re still facing a criminal charge, then these civil actions won’t be of any help. You’ll need to navigate the criminal justice system first before a civil claim is available to you. For that, you’ll need the help of the public defender or a private criminal defense attorney. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer, or see Nolo’s section on Getting a Lawyer…
View original post 690 more words