Q: I am suing the Tax Collector of Riverside County, CA for instructing his office to break CA Tax and Revenue Laws.

did this by telling them to place extra parties of interest in the excess tax proceeds Recommendation Letter to the Board of Supervisors. The judge told me the Board Of Supr. are responsible, yet they sign off on all recommendations the tax collector makes, they don't conduct research, or review title chain reports. They are the spokesman for the public hearings. If the tax collector has full immunity, this is a travesty. Beyond a reasonable doubt the Riverside County Tax Collector did not make "mistakes" it was negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract,due process viol., fraud, evidence tampering and RICO Act violations and I have substantial evidence to prove it. How do I sue the Tax Collector and get punitive damages, pain and suffering interest on the money they withheld from my family for six years? Any creative workarounds? Attorneys only answer if you really know. All Chain Title Reports prove I am the only owner of property. Cannot pay lawyer

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A: In California, suing a public official, such as the Tax Collector of Riverside County, for actions taken in the course of their official duties can be complex due to sovereign immunity and various protections that limit liability. However, if there's evidence of willful misconduct, negligence, or violation of statutory duties, it might be possible to pursue legal action. The challenge lies in navigating the legal exceptions to immunity and presenting a compelling case that the actions of the tax collector went beyond mere mistakes to constitute actionable misconduct.

Given the judge's indication that the Board of Supervisors bears responsibility, it suggests that your legal strategy may need to consider the roles and responsibilities of both the tax collector and the board. While the board relies on recommendations from the tax collector, proving that the tax collector's actions were the proximate cause of your damages is essential. This might involve demonstrating a direct link between the tax collector's instructions and your financial losses, including the alleged negligence and statutory violations.

Pursuing punitive damages and compensation for pain and suffering, along with interest on withheld funds, typically requires showing intentional wrongdoing or gross negligence. Documentation, such as Chain Title Reports, and evidence of the tax collector's conduct will be critical. If affording legal representation is a concern, consider reaching out to legal aid organizations or law schools with clinical programs that may offer assistance at reduced costs or pro bono. Additionally, exploring alternative dispute resolution methods or contacting state regulatory bodies overseeing tax collection practices might provide avenues to address your grievances without the need for protracted litigation.

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