Can we sue our neighbors for false allegations just to harrass us? Albany NY, We spoke to landlord who sided with us but

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Customer: Can we sue our neighbors for false allegations just to harrass us?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Albany NY
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: We spoke to landlord who sided with us but always was given no recourse. We are moving end of October just cause of the stress of it all. It happened when was pregnant and 5 days into giving birth when they called the cops on my husband for throwing trash because it was trash day, and they alleged that we scratched their car. A Cop came and sided with us as there was no scratch and no intention of any damage. Cop statee clearly neighbors were making trouble for us and we let the cop speak to landlord who sides with us. Neighbor was blocking the driveway with their parked car and was in the way of the trash bins but was very careful moving trash/baby stuff boxes. Have reached out to Atty office under my legal plan but they states they don’t do harrassment. Have put this on hold because I have just given birth but it’s now going on 6 weeks post birth and neighbor is once again trying to start things by checkinb if we scratched her car after trash day.
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Customer: Wanted to know if this is an actionable case. Have been very stressed given I was close to giving birth when this happened. And decided on holding off any legal action in fear of my health deteriorationh with the stress
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Hi, my name is***** am a civil litigation attorney with twenty years of legal experience, licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I am sorry you are facing these difficulties and will do my best to assist you with your legal problem, today. Please note that this service is for general information only and not a substitute for case-specific advice from an attorney in your jurisdiction. Also, our communications are not confidential.

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Harassment/making false reports are crimes, that would be investigated/charged by the police and prosecutor's office, if they believe the evidence is sufficient to support charges.  On the civil side of things, it would be a claim for intentional (or negligent, depending on the circumstances), infliction of emotional distress.  In such cases, a plaintiff must prove extreme and outrageous conduct that causes severe emotional distress (medication and/or counseling, typically), and convince a judge or jury to award financial damages for that distress.  That is sometimes a difficult thing for a plaintiff to prove/accomplish, so a lawsuit making such claims does not always make sense.

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Okay. What is the best course of actiom in this case? We are only seeking yo protect our peace of mind and our selves while we wait to move out in October.
Customer
Police who came to our house did have body cam on and even he stated that he believed they(cops) were being used to harrass us and it could fall into false allegations but it will have to be investigated.
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That's correct, the police investigate and bring charges, if the evidence supports them. If these people are harassing you and/or causing you distress, but the police will not bring charges, you may consider retaining a local civil litigation attorney simply to write a strongly-worded "cease and desist" letter articulating your legal arguments and threatening litigation. That may achieve the desired outcome, at a small fraction of the cost of a lawsuit (maybe a few hundred dollars).

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Thank you for the clarification
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You're very welcome!

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In the meantime we always have our cameras on to protect ourselves especially on trash day.
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That's smart!  It is always a pleasure to help.  If you have any follow-up questions, please let me know.

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Thank you! Will look into your suggestion
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