I'm currently working in Texas since I couldn't get a job in Florida, but the defendant (at least hopefully if I can get the ball rolling) lives back in Lakeland, Florida. I'm guessing this means that I'll still have to get representation from Florida.
Anywho, I'm really unversed when it comes to civil court cases. The basic situation is I asked my former roommate to ship me some of my stuff (clothes, video games, DVDs) and in exchange, I'd give him my 42" TV, my bed (it was a nice one..) and $100 over whatever amount if the profit from selling those two items didn't work out. He acted like he would, but because he's a slow person, he freaked out and changed his mind. Feeling very frustrated at this point, I drove all the way back to Florida and lo and behold! He stole almost everything of value since he knew I was gone. I called the cops and they wouldn't do anything since it wasn't a break-in. So of course I'm beyond frustrated and just feeling like no one is on my side. After making me feel bad for not using 911 properly, the cop said I could just sue the defendant.
I'm just 20 years old taking a year off of college to try and make money. I can't pay thousands. I'll readily admit I made a mistake with this roommate (he was a friend, but not a close one) and I shouldn't have trusted him.
I tried looking for a local Florida military pro bono place to help out since I'm a dependent, but they're not accepting any more cases this year. Just any advice would be much appreciated. I have an e-mail and text trail showing where I state that if doesn't send me the agreed amount of stuff, take the TV and and bed would be tantomount to stealing and other hopefully incriminating stuff.
The thought of this person getting away with this makes me ill.