I work for The United States Postal Service in Atwater California 95301. Two postal inspectors Accused me of stealing a parcel because they said I was seen on video with a box. I explained that the box I had could be aither a personal package that came for me or a recycled box. I still have boxes present for evidence but the inspectors did not want to see the boxes. After I explainsd about my parcels they said that they have the box and that I tampered with the parcel that they are looking for. The inspectors explained that they were going to present the case to police/court. I have nothing to hide so I gladly corporated and gave my finger prints but I do fear for my job and my reputation being slandered for future jobs.
Get an attorney. They accused you of stealing and anything you told them can be twisted to be used against you. Keep the boxes. They claim they have a box you tampered with And you cooperated your self deeper. Get a defense attorney now. You may also need an attorney that understands postal service suitability and disciplinary matters. Even if they don't have the evidence to convict you only need a preponderance of the evidence for termination.
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You most definitely should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An allegation of stealing from the US Postal Service may land you in federal court and federal prison. Use this site to start your search and soon. Keep all the evidence that you have to assist your attorney.
The first rule when under accused of a crime is SHUT UP. That means you shouldn't talk to ANYONE but a lawyer about this incident... which includes posting specifics of the incident on the Internet.
It sounds like you don't understand the gravity of your situation. Your reputation won't matter if your next job is working in the laundry or cafeteria at a federal prison, where theft of mail would make you a better applicant than your fellow inmates who have been convicted of crimes.
Lawyer up. If you're charged with a crime and can't afford to hire your own lawyer, the judge will appoint one from the Federal Defender's Office when you go to court.
In the meantime, if you're contacted by law enforcement again, politely say you are exercising your right to remain silent and you respectfully refuse to answer any questions without a lawyer present.
This is NOT legal advice. It is a general discussion of legal principles by a California lawyer, and does not create an attorney/client relationship. You should always consult PRIVATELY with an attorney.
Dear Atwater, YES, you need an attorney and better story--that one's pretty flimsy. I completely understand why you fear for your job and your reputation, but it's not slander.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--20 years experience
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