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Rudy J. Bautista

Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. How long do I have to report someone stealing money from my purse?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Rudy J. Bautista
    2. Scott Richard Kaufman
    2 lawyer answers

    It depends on several facts, but generally a theft of less than $1,500 has a 2 year statute of limitations which mean the case must be filed against her within 2 years of the crime. A theft of $400 is a misdemeanor, whereas if the amount stolen is greater than $1,500, then the statute of limitations is 4 years instead of 2. This all assumes she stole it from your purse when your purse was not on you because if it were, then it could be robbery which is a serious felony with a 4 year statute...

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  2. My ex boyfriend had his address as mine up until October of this year..Last November 2009 he became disabled due to a accident..

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. V. Iyer
    2. Rudy J. Bautista
    3. Henry Daniel Lively
    3 lawyer answers

    Provided you did not assist, aid, encourage, participate, etc., in any part of it, he/she may be involved in fraud with the federal government. If you contact the appropriate agency, they will look into it, and if there is wrongdoing, they will prosecute. As for yourself, you may be rewarded (monetarily) as well as knowing you are doing your civic duty to protect all of us who pay into federal programs.

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  3. My Family stole 16,000 dollars from me! Can I sue them and have a chance at winning?!

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Rudy J. Bautista
    1 lawyer answer

    Not only can you sue her, but a more efficient option would be to contact your local law enforcement agency and file a criminal report with them. They could charge her with communications fraud (depends on local laws) and recover restitution for you as part of the criminal scheme. Further, your state may have a fund to pay victims restitution. The benefit of this course of action is that you will not have to pay any legal fees as the prosecution would do the work and if she doesn't pay, then...

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  4. My boyfriend got arrested for dealing in stolen property for being caught on a stolen dirtbike what will happen

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Anuraag Hari Singhal
    2. Michael James VanDerZee
    3. Rudy J. Bautista
    3 lawyer answers

    Each state law is different, but what will happen to him depends on several facts. First and foremost, is did he make any admissions? If a person is caught with stolen property months after it is stolen, most prosecutions won't get very far unless they have a confession that he knew it was stolen--provided they can't prove he was the one who actually stole it. As for probation, it depends on the state law (whether mandatory jail/prison is required), the judge, the prosecutor, defense...