Can someone be charged for theft if money was left in a change machine at a casino.

Asked almost 2 years ago - Houston, TX

I was playing at a local casino in Louisiana and money was left in the change machine. I took the money and didn't think about turning it in at the time because no one was around and I assumed they left the premises.
I was later approached by security and several members of management. Realizing they had a different agenda I offered to give the money back, especially after one of the managers called me a thief. Eventually they called the state police and they put forth every effort to arrest me. I was handcuffed and placed inside a patrol car for at least 30 minutes. Eventually I was taken to my car and was told I was banned from the casino and I would received the court information by mail for the theft charge. I was told by my friend the officers wanted to arrest me but couldn't.

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  1. Carmine John Giardino

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    Answered . Yes, you can be charged with theft; however, that doesn't mean you don't have any defenses so hire a lawyer to help you

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  2. Don Karotkin

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    Answered . This is a purely criminal law issue. I have edited the practice area you selected so that you will receive responses from lawyers who practice criminal law and will be able to give you a much more reliable answer than I could.

    Good luck.

  3. Jeffrey Bruce Gold

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    Answered . If it happens as you said, and obviously there is a video, I don't think a theft charge would stick (Keeping in mind that keeping lost property that doesn't belong to you is larceny, but change in a machine?) I think you should speak with a personal injury/civil rights lawyer about the detainment. It sounds like it may have been unlawful.

    If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to call. Jeff Gold Gold, Benes, LLP 1854 Bellmore Ave Bellmore,... more

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