Terre Haute, IN asked in Animal / Dog Law and Gaming for Indiana

Q: My mom has dogs and they peed on my game systems and it fried them I was wanting to know if I could press charges on her

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T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
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A: First, you cannot "press charges," only the local prosecutor can "press charges." You do have a civil case of "conversion" against the dogs. However, that is not going to help you very much. There is no question that you are upset; however, you have few legal options. The legal costs to pursue this matter far out-weigh the cost of game system. Let me suggest you work this out with your mother.

Alexander Florian Steciuch agrees with this answer

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
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  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: I agree with most of what Attorney Jesky has stated except for one point: the cost/benefit of pursuing a case against your mother for the price of the consoles. Depending on how many consoles and how new they were, the actual cost of the consoles could warrant at least a Small Claims case, which can be filed without the need for an attorney. The filing fee and service fee are usually between 80-130 depending on where you are located.

Attorney Jesky is correct though that from a family standpoint you are probably better off working this out between you and your mother. Bringing a lawsuit against someone is not a good way to strengthen a relationship.

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