My mom's husband pressed charges against my daughter for a breaking a window even though he knew it was an accident. The next day he wanted to drop the charges but they had already been filed with the D.M. The hearing is next month and we've had to pay for an attorney. This man has since become nasty and vindictive toward us. Do we have grounds for civil action once the hearing is over?
You have an attorney and these question must be directed towards him/her. I would note that you can't get attorney fees in small claims court. If your daughter broke something, there are grounds for a civil lawsuit. It sounds as though pursuing this matter will cost more than resolving the matter amicably.
You have an attorney. Ask your attorney.
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Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.
That being said, attorney Hasson gave you good advice. It is likely that the best and most cost/effective thing for you to do is put this man out of your family's life as much as possible, and not engage in further litigation that will allow him to create more drama..
/Christopher E. Ezold/
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