Some neighborhood gang members drove in front of my house, got a rock from my neighbor's yard, and threw it at the rear windshield of my car, shattering it. I called the police and filed a report. Two days later, my son heard from a friend that these guys were bragging about it on Facebook. I called the police and gave them their names. So far, the police have done nothing, not even question them. It created a hardship for my family as we had to pay out of pocket to replace the window and for over a week we were unable to use the car. My visually impaired son was late for school twice because I didn't have a car to drive him to make sure he arrived safely. What would be the charge and penalty for this act? Does it matter if it was gang related (wrong car)? Can I sue in civil court?Also, I believe that these guys are over the age of 18.
The answer is yes you may make a civil claim. However collecting a judgment maybe problematic at best. The prosecutor needs to make the judgment about the criminal side of penalties.
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Your best bet for a civil claim sounds like small claims court, given the size of damages you described.
Don't be surprised if the Prosecutor's office is reluctant to go after this. It's fairly common for victims of minor property crimes to have a hard time getting their attention even if you are certain you can prove who did it. You might print whatever evidence you have from the internet and mail it to both the police officer assigned to investigate and the Prosecutor's office. At least they will know they have a victim who cares enough to show up as a witness if they decide to press charges.
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