Defamation of character is the legal term that is used to refer to an occasion when someone writes or speaks malicious words against another person. Painful as this seems, it might be challenging for an accused to win a case pertaining to defamation of character.
There are two major forms of defamation of character. They include slander and libel.
Slander means saying malicious things to people about someone, while libel means to write down or publish such hurtful accusations.
How to Prove Defamation?
First, you have to prove that what is said about you is false and intended to harm you. Then you need to prove that the other party has said such things about you with some inimical intent. If you don’t know how to gather evidence, a Nashville criminal defense lawyer can help you with this.
You must understand the difference between an occasion when a statement can cause you harm and when a statement has already caused you harm. You must be able to prove, with the help of a competent that the statement has caused harm on your reputation.
An instance is that if you’re a business person, you can claim that the defamation has caused many setbacks to your business before a court can take steps against the defamer.
If you are a public figure and some media call you names such as liar and fake, you can sue the media for such claims and let the court know how the actions have affected your business or profession. Have you been sacked at work? Have people abandoned your business because they think that what they have read or heard about you through the media is true?
You can pool this and other evidence to prove that the accuser has malicious intent against you and be heavily compensated for this.
What to Do When You Lack Proof
Without the necessary proof, it would be difficult to win a case that claims defamation of character against words or content that aim to harm you. So it is advisable that you should not sue immediately the derogatory claims you read or hear about yourself.
You should exercise some patience and let them take some effect before taking legal action against the accuser.
You have to patiently make your observation and diligently investigate before you rush to the court and prosecute an individual for defamation of character, as it would constitute double shots to lose the case.
Winning the case is the only means you have to prove to the public that you are not the person the accuser says you are and that their words or content continue to mar your personality.