OK, Thank you. I have to clarify a couple of points. If I am seeking punitive damages for the defamation as well as the theft of my belongings do I ask for a specific monetary award for that?
I understand that. I don't think I'm asking the question correctly. what I'm trying to clarify is do I put a number on what I believe would be appropriate for punitive damages, or do I stick with what I have receipts and can prove and just request that I'm awarded punitive damages and leave that up to the magistrate or judge. for example do I say, He refused to return items that were loaned to him with a worth of 400.00 and I would like to recover 1000.00 in punitive damages due to his refusing to return the items or do I just say I'm seeking 400.00 plus punitive damages as awarded by the court? Thanks.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).