A contract does not need legalese to be valid or enforceable in a court. You can call it a 'contract', an 'agreement'--any title--As a general rule, a contract simply requires a meeting of the minds (agreement) with specific terms (price, dates, promise of performance, in return for, etc.) , between two (or more) individuals where a benefit (consideration) is exchanged. Sounds like you have been 'freelancing' contracts all the time. Sometimes even a string of emails can be cobbled into a...
Recommend you have a closed door heart to heart with your command first sgt., your base Chaplain, your company commander and your XO immediately. They have an interest in helping you identify the gaps between what you want and what you are getting, physically, emotionally,and personally. They have access
to the tools, people, and resources to support
you. They have the experience and skill sets to
Help you. Most importantly, you're NOT the first Soldier they have dealt with who is in...
DO NOT again go online with any of your case facts.
IMMEDIATELY contact a DUI attorney in Fayetteville.
IMMEDIATELY see the legal service office and speak to TDS.
No it is not double jeopardy
DO NOT discuss the matter with anyone but your attorney.
You haver a number of options depending on facts you did not post--bottom line up front: you may have to take LL to small claims, sounds as though you have a strong case--may turn on showing that the floor scratch was not worth $1700--expert witness maybe--that'll cost quite a bit. The other things you mention MAY be circumstances that form the basis of a counter-suit, but no way to tell on the facts you posted.
Yes you can. However, finding a good lawyer to handle just the deposition will be hard-not impossible, but hard. Kind of like asking a doctor to step into the surgery, make one surgical move without full awareness of what came before, and no control about what comes after. Not many doctors I know would agree to expose themselves to such a liability----same same for lawyers.
Everyone wants a good attorney they don't have to pay....
Have you contacted legal aid organizations in SD area? If you qualify (i.e. you have little money or resources) you may get top notch legal representation for free.
If you have a criminal mattter contact the public defenders office or do whatever you have to do to come up with the cash you need.
What can you do?
Unless you took down the plate number and can locate the owner, you will have little or no chance of finding her/him.
What is the worst that can happen?
Worst case for you is if owner can get ahold of wal-mart video tape, ID your plate, and notify his/her insurer. VERY, VERY unlikely.
What is likely to happen?
Nothing. Ever. Owner may contact his/her insurance company and they will fix hIs car.