The only thing to add to Evan's post is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_protester_arguments
Making a protester argument opens you up to a "world of hurt" as they say colloquially.
Informally, if you are earning enough money that you need to pay taxes, you should rejoice that you are successful and capable of pulling your own weight in the world, rather than lament that a small portion of your earnings are being benevolently applied across 'Merica to keep it great rather than going...
Most things with the adjuster are mind games one way or another - depending on amounts involved usually it is a good idea to have a lawyer by your side to bounce things off and get specific advice. Best of luck
Depending on the offense it might be eligible to be expunged at a certain point, but certainly not immediately after you plead. You should discuss the specifics and the mechanics of this was your criminal defense lawyer. Best of luck
Without the resources to pay a rate that enchants the local criminal defense bar's going rate (well in excess of 3k: for serious charges never go with the guy willing to do the work for the cheapest amount, you get what you pay for) he will have to proceed with the court appointed lawyer - many of them are quite good, and the defense always turns on what the facts and evidence are in the case, just as much as a close working relationship between the lawyer and the client. You might remind your...
You will need to talk to a personal injury/wrongful death lawyer who can sit down with you and evaluate all of the facts and circumstances. Make sure it is a free consultation so you are not out of pocket any to have the lawyer review the case and let you know if there is any viable cause of action. Sorry for your loss
You will need to talk to a criminal defense lawyer offline who can review the specifics of your case to see if there is a high likelihood of negotiating with the prosecutor to dismiss, or if not, then you need to start building out the best defense possible based on the facts of your case if the prosecutor is taking it to trial. Best of luck
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Talk to your insurance company as Jeffrey indicated. Start there. Otherwise he can sue if you don't settle it amicably. Ask to see the quote paperwork, call around other shops to see if it is a fair estimate if you insist on handling things yourself.