if you are a victim of this crime, then all the information you need can be discussed with the prosecutor handling the matter - you should contact the victim/witness unit of the district attorney's office who is prosecuting this matter. they will tell you everything you need to know about him going to court - you do not need an attorney. the DA will handle this for you. contact them in the county where this crime happened to you. you are the victim.
once it is prosecuted, then you will be able to discuss the merits of a lawsuit with a local litigation attorney - but for now you need to communicate with the prosecutor
no money was ever paid as you never hit the Accept button. so your deposit stays on account. but you can contact email@example.com and they can better explain the process to you. however, i never got any of the deposit. it is all still there
good luck with everything
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