My question involves judgment recovery in the State of: MN
Last summer I was picked up with another guy and charged with Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. An acquaintance of mine was behind me walking down a road while I was on the phone. Unknown to me, he tried opening the doors of a car that was parked in a nearby driveway. A cop drove by and saw him in the car and me on the road on my phone. I was assumed to be a lookout or something.
He admitted in a police report that he did in fact go in the car and that I had no previous knowledge of his actions. He plead guilty in court and I plead not guilty. My case was given a continuance for dismissal and will be dismissed eventually. After that, I will seek expungement to keep this from showing up on background checks etc.
My question is whether or not I have any legal grounds or any chance of seeking my legal fees back from the other party. I have asked him to pay the $2500 dollars this cost me, but he has stopped responded to me. If I took him to small claims court or something similar, would I have a chance of getting any money?