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Asked on: 11/01/02, 6:05 pm

Credibilty of alleged ''victim''

I have been charged with criminal harrassment and threats of bodily harm. The ''victim'' is a neighbor who lived below me. We have had problems since me and My 2 kids moved in. It started out as notes on the door stating my kids were loud while I was out, and escalated to her calling the police several times, DSS twice, and the landlord dozens of times. And now this. During one of our first court appearances her only witness was asked to leave the room (I feel the magistrate knew she was lying) over the next several months she failed to appear. The last time in court, the DA offered 1 yr probation if I pleaded guilty. I told her ''no way''. I recently graduated nursing school and this is keeping me from taking my licensure exam. I have an extensive previous criminal record, but no felonies, nothing that would even hint of violence. And I have no convictions in the past 5 yrs. The police know her and her boyfriend on a first name basis. They have responded to dozens of calls to her appt. noise, domestic disturbance, assault, weapons, etc. Can I obtain and use this info to show that her credibility is nil? And can I sue for damages? Lost time from a nursing career?

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