my friends son is accused of throwing a lighter at this mans motorcycle and scratching the paint my son said he didnt do it, but the guy said he would press charges if i dont pay him. he hasnt pressed charges yet and this happened four days ago. how long does he have to follow through with it? thanks a bunch.the guy has already called the police on the day it happened but told the police he was going to see if everything can be worked out first (as in money) before he did press charges. i hope im making sense. and if he does press charges how soon would we know and how would we find out? and also the boy accused of causing the damage is 13.