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How to get my dirt bike back? Civil or criminal?

1 Answers. Asked on May 07th, 2017 on Criminal Law - South Carolina
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A "friend" offered to help get my dirt bike fixed. Her uncle agreed to fix it for $300 since I already had the part. He also agreed it would be done in 2.5 days (I didn't talk to her uncle.) I followed her to the shop and she took it in. Since, she has stopped returning my text requesting to pick it up. I found her uncle online and he admitted to having it in his possession. (She wouldn't even give me his name or contact info). They have now both stopped responding and I found out he has pending chop-shop charges. Is this a civil case or criminal case? How do I go about getting my bike back? It's been 4 months.
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Dr. Michael Gordon Sribnick, Esq. at Michael G. Sribnick, M.D., J.D., LLC
Licenced in SC
Answered on May 09th, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Perhaps both criminal and civil.  The criminal charges would need to be theft and you can report this to the authorities.  As far as a civil case you may wish to sue her in small claims court yourself, as hiring a lawyer may be more expensive than monies recovered depending on the value of the bike.

This answer neither constitutes legal advice nor creates a lawyer/client relationship.

Dr. Michael G. Sribnick, Esq. criminal defense attorney in S.C.

Michael G. Sribnick, M.D., J.D., LLC

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