A friend of mine used "abandoned" company credits towards her friends purchases. She was questioned by a county detective. She is right at the border of the state's line between misdemeanor and felony. She is in her late 20's and has a clean record. Is there any way she can pay the company back and save herself the mental anguish? She has been very cooperative with the company and the detective. The detective said he will present the case to the DA and there will most likely be a hearing from there. What can she do in the mean time, what is the chain of events from here, and what is her possible/probable outcome?
Criminal Defense Attorney
She should hire local counsel and request a pre-charging conference with the DA's office to see if something like that could be arranged before formal charges issue and hit the internet.
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Attorney Witt is exactly correct; she should hire a criminal defense attorney NOW and try to influence the DA's charging decision. Focusing on paying restitution now may or may not be helpful and could possibly be harmful depending on the facts.
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Federal Crime Lawyer
Worst case scenario, she will end up convicted of several felonies and could go to prison.
She needs legal counsel, the sooner the better.
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