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Recently I had a customer "stiff" me for a VERY small amount of money ($23.40) on a necklace repair that was done for her. She didn't want to pay, grabbed the necklace, got in her car and drove away. I realize that I will have to pay a whole lot more than I will get in return, but I don't think she should be allowed to get away with stealing. What are the fees for such a claim in small claims court.

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And how old is the car?

California. A relatively new Lexus convertible. I have the license number, her full name, and phone number.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

Called the sheriff, a deputy came out and took the report.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I have a small business that is struggling. Don't have a lot of money..Can I handle this myself?

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Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Lawyer replied 5 months ago

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Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

1) Yes, you can do this yourself. California has an excellent self help system. In fact they have self help centers that provide assistance with completing the forms. See:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-selfhelpcenters.htm

http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm

2) You still have to pay filing fees and service costs. And there is no guarantee of recovery even if you do win. So you have to weigh whether or not it is worth your time, energy, and resources to pursue a civil action.

3) You did call the sheriff. You should follow up with a criminal complaint for theft of services. If the sheriff does not want to pursue her call the distric attorney's office and see if you can persuade them. Sadly, because of the amount involved they likely will not. But you can try.

I am sorry that much of this may not be what you want to hear. I would not want to mislead you.

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Kind regards,

Gerald

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