My question involves small claims court in the state of: Georgia
I'm considering taking action on a person who was arrested and indicted for Attempted Burglary on my residence.
The defendant retained a rapacious, well-connected defense attorney who filed a motion for additional discovery on my property. Although the motion was substantiated by no legal authority whatsoever, it was granted by the superior court judge nonetheless.
I retained an attorney and spent thousands to insist on a written court order with specificity and to have him present during the discovery. In the end, against my wishes, the defendant was allowed to plea out to the lesser charge of criminal trespass.
1. Can I recover the legal fees in magistrate court?
2 If so, should I send a demand letter to the defendant first?
3. Is it possible to get a Change of Venue? (Obviously, I have solid reasons to believe the county/judicial district at issue is less than equitable or just).