Q: My roommate broke into my secured bed room, took my dog, lost him, then defaced my security camera.
I have all of the footage of him breaking in, taking my dog, and defacing the camera. I am trying to find out if I can press charges and have him forcefully removed from the lease. I don't make much money so a lawyer is scary to me financially. Is there's anything that can be done?
A: You likely have grounds for an emergency injunction (to force him to leave). This type of injunction will likely require a lawyer (I know... costs). In the alternative, you can contact the police to see if they will proceed with a domestic violence charge (this will grant and automatic protective order and force the roommate to leave). Can also seek civil damages for the lost dog and damaged camera--this can be handled in small claims court.
For attorneys, here is a list of two potential low costs to free pro bono agencies in Colorado: http://www.intotolegal.com/upcoming%20Events/Pro%20Bono%20Services.html . If you do decide on hiring a lawyer, mention "unbundled" services (this means the attorney does not appear in court). Unbundled services can significantly reduce costs.
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