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We live in Indiana. My 14 year old daughter was caught stealing

We live in Indiana. My 14 year old daughter was caught stealing a box of tampons from KMart. She has a court date already set with the state for criminal charges. However, I also just received a letter from an attorneys office offering a settlement of $300, at which time that is paid we would receive a release of a statutory civil "penalty" claim. I spoke with a representative of the lawyers office and she stated that this is a penalty fee for stealing, and it wouldn't have mattered if it was a $900 item, versus a box of tampons, the fee remains the same. The letter also states that if this $300 is not paid in full within 20 days, KMart may choose to prosecute for the above mentioned fee, lawyer fees, court costs, etc. Would you recommend paying the settlement, or risk the lawsuit? I feel $300 is a bit much for a box of tampons. Please advise. Thank you, XXXXX

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A former coworker left her ***** ***** terrier mix dog in my care on 11/11/2016 as an indefinite foster because she was not able to give him the time and care he needed. She didn't even bother giving him a bath and his white hair was practically grey! She said if I ever needed anything, money or food, to let her know. I asked for proof of vaccination because his tag was dated 2014 and despite several reminders never received. At the time he had near bald spots on his body from scratching and she promised to bring flea meds but also never did. I work from home and soon realized his scratching was from anxiety. I would take him for long walks and redirect him with a bone when he did scratch so now he doesn't do it at all and his hair has grown back. He has separation anxiety which I have also addressed. I have 2 other dogs and with all this dog needs it's a bit too much. But when I reached out to his original owner she demanded his return. She left work and came to my home with the police last week, 01/11/2017. The officer was kind, knew I cared but stated that she can prove ownership, proof that she purchased him from the pound 3yrs ago but has no current vet/rabies records, and could have me arrested for theft. He received a more urgent call and needed to leave so the dog remains in my care. I spoke with him yesterday and he stated that she did file a report and will petition for my arrest. I do not have the resources to hire an attorney for trial. I told the officer I would return the dog. After much discussion he stated he would call her to let her know but also that she will need to have an officer present. He is concerned for my welfare and has become my advocate. That was yesterday. Can she still file to have me arrested or because I spoke with the officer and am willing to return the dog to be done with the situation am I protected? She is still not able to provide him the care he needs but if she is vindictive enough to have someone arrested because they want what's best for the dog I'm afraid of what she will do next. What are my options at this time?

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Hello,JA: Hi. What is your issue regarding?Customer: I am in a very upsetting situation. A few months earlier I had used my fiancees UBER account (with his explicit permission) for rides totaling about $600. When he was reviewing the receipts that were emailed to him a few weeks after these charges were made, he realized that the incorrect card was charged. The Co-Editor of his publishing company had given him her card information to use for his Uber rides relating to work activities. When I ordered the Uber rides, it automatically selected the last card used without showing me that there were in fact two cards on file. When we realized the mistake we contacted her immediately and she said it was fine and that she would contact the company to reverse the charges made on her account and apply them to his card. Now it is about a month and a half later, and due to a series of outlandish and harassing emails and phone calls both to myself and him inspired by her confession of undying love to him and her new goal of "ruining my life" to get me out of the picture (so he can realize she is actually his dream woman...mind you, he has been explicit that he has never and will never have any romantic feelings towards her) her and I are now on more than rocky terms. Yesterday she emailed us both to inform him and I that she would be pressing charges due to the fact that I used her card without her permission. No amount of reasoning with her will persuade her that we can handle this without the involvement of the authorities. I was ready to reimburse her the funds, however, when I contacted Uber they informed me the charges are being refunded/reimbursed to her, so I don't see how it is justifiable to expect me to pay her as well. Even though this was a very honest mistake and no other charges have ever been made to her card, can she actually cause me legal repercussions? It should be noted that she bought me $1000 worth of Christmas gifts a few weeks after informing her of the charges and a few weeks before losing her mind and decided to try to have me charged with a crime.JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: I live in CT but she resides in New JerseyJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: not that I can think of

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If I go to a massage place to get a legitimate (really)

If I go to a massage place to get a legitimate (really) massage and the place is under investigation and there is a raid or something and they bust some people for 'extra services' while I'm there, what can happen to me?JA: In what state did this occur?Customer: This is hypothetical, didn't happen. I'm in Missouri. Oriental massage places are popping up like weeds.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: no,JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I get massages on a regular basis to help my neck. Don't want to get busted. Have heard of therapists giving 'extras' at respectable places also.

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