I am a student and can not afford to pay a lawyer. I have no idea what to say. It was my first time in my whole life...also the lawyer of century 21 called me and said there is a lawsuit against me and i have to pay them $500.
See the answers to your prior post about an attorney. As far as the civil demand letter, I advise my clients not to pay it because the store's "lawyer" will probably not start a lawsuit. It would cost them more to sue you then they can recover from you. I have never seen a lawsuit froma civil demand.
I am a criminal defense and DWI/DUI attorney practicing in Westchester and the NYC Metro area. My answers are intended for general informational purposes only, based upon the limited information provided in the questions, and do not constitute legal advice or establish any attorney-client relationship. All readers of my answers are advised to contact an attorney in order to discuss their questions in full and get full answers. Thank you.
So, you want us to tell you what to say? Plead not guilty at this stage and request that the public defender be appointed to represent you.
R. Jason de Groot, Esq. We do not have an attorney-client relationship. I am not your lawyer. The statements I make do not constitute legal advice. Any statements made by me are based upon the limited facts you have presented, and under the premise that you will consult with a local attorney. This is not an attempt to solicit business. This disclaimer is in addition to any disclaimers that this website has made. I am only licensed in Florida.
There is no lawsuit against you. It's a civil demand and I advise my clients not to pay because I have never seen a store sue to collect. Hire a good criminal defense lawyer. Dismissal may be possible.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
Don't pay anyone demanding anything. Your lawyer will explain this further but for now- pay nothing. Hire a lawyer.
I am a NY criminal defense attorney and a former Asst. DA. While I may feel knowledgeable about a great many things in life, please understand that this does not in any way, shape, or form, constitute legal advice. This is just my take on the question presented. To get an accurate assessment of your case, you need to meet with a lawyer in your area before proceeding forward.
As others stated, do not pay based on a demand made in a letter.
As for the criminal charge against you, plead not guilty and ask for a public defender. A plea might sound good, but an attorney will explain to you how this might effect you later on in life.
Do not pay anyone who claims there is a lawsuit. Plead not guilty at criminal court and wait for an ACD, dismissal after 6 months.
Any response I provide is meant as a general view on the subject and is no way intended to be specific legal advice to any individual. If you wish specific advice, you should hire and consult with an attorney of your choosing.
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline