Saint Louis, MO asked in Criminal Law, Collections and Communications Law for Illinois

Q: Someone threw a big metal lock at my car and kicked my car and only had to pay a $200 fine and court cost no restitution

The avocet at the court house is new and she said she didn’t have my information only information filed was my old phone number and old last name. She sent me letters but no letter asking me to call her.The avocet wasn’t working there at the time i turned in my information and car estimate so she didn’t have nothing. I had to call her to get answers. She said the judge looked at my estimate wrong said i paid for my car to be fixed i told the avocet no that the person who did the crime needs to pay. My case is closed because the avocet didn’t contact me and now i don’t get restitution need help I’m a victim of a crime

1 Lawyer Answer
Jane Kim
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  • Naples, FL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Your question is coming up under Illinois although it appears you live in MO. In any event, this will be true in either state, you can file a civil lawsuit to recover your damages, provided the statute of limitations has not run yet. Depending on the amount of damages, you may do so in small claims court where people without lawyers typically file claiming small amount of damages (I do not know the jurisdictional amount in MO, but it is usually up to $5K to $10K in damages).

Hope this helps.

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