What is Malice?

defamation attorney ColoradoWhen it comes to defamation, Colorado law requires that a plaintiff prove that the defendant acted with “malice.” Malice is a legal term referring to a party’s intention to injure another party, and Malice is either expressed or implied. 

Malice is apparent when the person making the statement either knows that the statement is false, or acts with reckless disregard to whether the statement is true. In other words, a person can be liable for defamation even if they didn’t know that their statement was false, as long as they should have known that it was not true.

This higher standard for proving defamation can make winning a Colorado case difficult, so it’s essential to consult with an experienced Denver defamation lawyer if you think you may have a claim. Defamation cases are complex and often require an expert in the field of law to prove that the defendant acted with Malice.

If you’re considering bringing a defamation lawsuit in Colorado, contact a Colorado defamation lawyer at Baker Law Group. We can help you understand your legal options and whether you have a strong case.

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