It seems plausable to place the likelihood of fault on the truck driver rather than on you because the collision occurred within your field of view, and seemingly in one of numerous blind spots surrounding a large truck. By reporting to the insurance that you couldn't see "him," I assume you meant you couldn't see the driver himself, as opposed to the vehicle, which you would have likely seen coming at you if it collided with your vehicle's door mirror.
As my colleagues have stated, your...
The person my have no assets to support a judgment. Even if he does, it will take a lot of time to obtain a judgment. Until then, if your car is indispensable to you, you will have to pay the deductible or pay for repairs.
To be convicted of burglary, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that one entered a building, without permission, with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony. [CA Penal Code Section 459] The officer's testimony of seeing you exit a building in which the door was open, by itself, wouldn't establish the required intent.
However, you shouldn't substitute a practicing attorney's understanding of which facts are relevant with yours . With such a severe offense, it is...
I concur with my colleagues. Sounds like you were adjudicated, not convicted. Your juvenile records shouldn't show up on an employment background check. You may request a copy of your criminal history from the California Department of Justice (www.doj.ca.gov).
I concur with Mr. Driessen. Theft or stealing is a pretty serious crime. It is a crime of "moral turpitude". Hire a local attorney who will be in a better position to negotiate a resolution to your case with the prosecuting attorney. Feel free to contact my offices.
You should readily question your attorney about the services for which you hired him. That "he is proud and would not like to hear that" is insufficient reason to deny him a chance to present his take on the case. Ask him to assess the law that you read up on, and explain why such direction wasn't taken. There are many inaccurate sources which may have misled you about the law (Although I don't assume you were misled). Regardless, his response to your inquiry will shed light on his competence...