Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Re: ...stolen cj
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Sorry to hear about that.....
Good luck trying to get any money out of him.....about like trying to get blood out of a rock....Besides, anyone that will steel your rig is very unlikely to pay you back for the damage.
Your best bet is to contact the DA and tell them that any plea bargin should also include restitution....this is about the only thing that might get money out of the stinking dirt bag.
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DDdawg is on to something there...
Obviously, as everyone knows, this is grand theft, a major felony. Carries a very stiff sentence. Here's what I'd do:
1. Hound the LE investigators & local DA, especially the specific DA that will be prosecuting this scum-sucking turd. And - depending on the size of the DA's office - the supervising atty of the ADA w/ your case. (If you know anyone of local prominence, get them to contact the DA's office to. Usually an elected office, if they know there are alot of potential voters interested in a particular case, they'll make sure they don't goon it up. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img])
2. Tell the cops and DA's office - in writing - you want to be notified of every step in the ajudication process - as is your right under the federal Victim's Assistance Act.
3. Make sure you are at everyone of this turd's court appearances to ensure 1) the judge is aware there is an interested victim involved; and 2) that you do not inadvertantly miss the ajudication: trial and sentencing.
4. Tell the ADA 1) your desires for sentencing, 2) that you wish to be heard at trial (during both guilt and sentencing phases); and want to be informed of any/all plea-bargaining discussions. (All rights under Victim's act.)
5. Prod them to max this guy out confinement-wise; the fine is counter-productive to your interests: it does NOT go to <u>you</u>, it takes away from the turd's ability to pay you restitution. Let them know, however, that you want ANY suspension (or probation or parole) contingent on progressive and substantial restitution payments until you are fully paid; the failure of which is a stated term of suspension and will land him right back in prison. (Would not even hurt to have a formal, structured (written)restitution 'schedule' included in the sentencing (and included in the record of trial - either resd into the record, or made a marked exhibit).
I think, if you do the above, you'll stand the BEST (and cheapest) chance of getting your $$$ outa this turd. (Let the state, and it's employees, act as your free collector(s) & lawyer(s)... not some $$$-hungry, 30%-takin' lawyer!)
Godspeed to you!