San Jose, CA asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for California

Q: Lived on ranch, owner of ranch destroyed everything I owned on purpose....

I lived on a ranch in a trailer that i did not own in exchange for taking care of the cows and other ranch duties, and earned money as an electrician off ranch. One day after work I got home and the trailer I was living in, and everything I owned in a pile of rubble. The ranch owner decided to destroy everything because i was gone to work rather than being there at his beck and call that day. A couple weeks later I returned for my convertible SAAB 9-3 which he knew I loved, only to find it upside down, top ripped off, and completely smashed into a chunk of metal. He used his backhoe tractor to destroy everything I owned. This was almost 2 years ago. I did not call the police as I had no clue what to do and had to focus on finding a place to stay and recoup my losses.... Which I never will.. He destroyed a lot of valuable (to me) family heirlooms from my grandparents who died a few years prior to this. What can I do. Thank you. P.s. I read that property damage has 3 years to file suit?

1 Lawyer Answer
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: you should have called the police when it happened to have him arrested, prosecuted and requesting restitution be a part of the sentence.

you can still try to do so...but with the lapse of time they may give you a hard time.

contact a civil lawyer in your area.

sue in small claims for up to $10k

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