I recently overheard that the owners of the restaurant where I bartend think I've been stealing money over the past few months totaling around $8,000. The thefts were apparently accomplished by someone using a manager's access card to void transactions on my employee sales screen after the transactions took place and then pocket the money. I had no way of doing this because only the owners and managers have these access cards to void transactions. It could've been anyone because all employees at the restaurant had access to my personal login (my login number was public knowledge) and the cash drawers were never locked and easily opened by anyone. What's my next move?
First you state that only the owners and managers have the access cards which would be needed to accomplish this theft. Then you state it "could've been anyone." My BS meter is going haywire, and I haven't practiced criminal defense in years. Hire a criminal defense attorney YESTERDAY, because I think you're going to need one. And until you do, speak to NO ONE about this. I will also shift your question over to the criminal defense area because you really posted this in the wrong place. Good luck
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If you have good reason to believe you are about to be arrested, it would be a very good idea to make arrangements to select and retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. You can use the Avvo "Find a Lawyer" tool on their website to locate a highly rated criminal defense attorney in your area.
I am going to refer you to the law of the 7 "P's":
Proper prior planning prevents p*ss poor performance.
If you think that you are going to be the subject of a felony theft investigation then the time to lawyer-up was yesterday.
Get a lawyer (and a bondsman) on board now.
There is no substitute for preparation.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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You should be retaining legal counsel as soon as possible. Too much is at risk to just sit around and let things simply play out.
If it's a pending matter do not discuss it in an open forum.
If police are not yet involved it may be premature to hire a criminal defense attorney. If the police become involved and want to speak with you, that would be the time to retain a lawyer.
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