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I have read about treble damages and the possibility of receiving 3X my actual monetary damages in civil cases in Georgia, but I am not finding specific, definitive instruction on how to ask for and receive this.
1) In Georgia, am I required to send a letter to the defendant stating that I will seek treble damages 30 days BEFORE I FILE suit? I have read that 30 days' written notice MUST be given, or I cannot ask for treble.
2) Or, do I just triple the actual damage amount and enter that tripled amount as the amount I am seeking, and proceed with suing for THAT amount, with no prior notice to the defendant?
3) If AFTER filing a suit, I learn that the defendant's behavior was more egregious than first realized, is there any way to amend the suit to ask for treble damages at THAT time?