So last week I was interrogated by the police, I told them I didn't do it. Was cooperative with their investigation/ allegations. They decided to book me on two charges, and it will be sent to the d.a to determine if they are going to pursue charges. I recently started working for a famous company or individual 6 months after these allegations. The police didnt arrest me or hold me they booked me and took my employers business card. Then my employer got interrogated about this even though i started this job 6 months after these allegations. It is completely irrelevant with the investigation, I have not been charged.
You question isn't very clear. It sounds like the police were investigating the situation, and were looking for more information from your employer. I don't understand how this is intimidation or retribution.
This sounds like a normal part of an investigation, not harassment or intimidation. You should be talking with a criminal defense lawyer, there, now. No one on the Internet, no matter how experienced, well-trained, and well-meaning, can give you advice nearly as useful to you as your own lawyer. Your lawyer knows you, knows your case, knows the judge and prosecutor.
You only need a lawyer if you want a better chance of winning. Handling your own case without a lawyer’s help is like playing in an NFL game with your football experience being fantasy football. Even if everyone tries to be nice and fair, you are likely to be hurt. You are playing against pros. They know the rules and they play to win.
If you broke your arm, would you want a good doctor? Would you want the local boy scout who had some first aid training? Who do you want to set your arm? Would you perhaps want to do it yourself, maybe after checking some references online?
This is not a do-it-yourself situation. You need to be talking with a criminal defense lawyer there, now. If you can’t afford to hire one, you should get one appointed. In the meantime, you should not be discussing what happened with anyone, especially the police!
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If you brought your employer's name into it, and provided them with the contact information, why do think it was inappropriate for them to follow up?
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The question about "can" implies whether or not they are physically capable, therefore, the answer is "yes". The question as to whether they have the legal authority might be harder to answer. Law enforcement officers have the legal authority to investigate crime. There are many ways they can do this. Asking questions of your employer might be covered if they are reasonably interviewing your employer as it would related to their investigation. If it can be shown to be of absolutely no value to the investigation and was solely for the purpose of harassment, then you might have a civil rights claim that could be filed against the law enforcement officers and the jurisdiction that they represent. Check with a civil rights attorney to see if you situation would be covered, or whether the broad exemption from liability that law enforcement officers enjoy would apply.
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I do not blame you for feeling confused. Many times police investigatory tactics can be confusing and intimidating. That is why you need the help of an attorney NOW. Unfortunately, in our legal system, many people who speak honestly are wrongfully convicted. The message is simply do not fight this legal battle alone! Get me or one of the other attorneys listed on Avvo to help you NOW before something worse happens!
There is an ideal of how the criminal justice system should work. There is how the criminal justice system actually works in Milwaukee County. The two are, unfortunately, all too often not one and the same.
The fact that Police questioned your employer is, by itself, highly unlikely to translate into any benefit or protection to you in terms of any criminal case that is charged against you.
The best way of maximizing the chances that the criminal justice system will treat you fairly is to be proactive and retain the most motivated and experienced criminal defense attorney you can, as soon as you can. If you can afford it and have not already done so, consult with a criminal defense attorney privately. Don't wait, hoping the DA won't charge the case. Sometimes a Defense attorney can intervene and persuade a DA not to charge a case. Once the train gets rolling, generally speaking, it gets much harder to stop.
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