How do i press criminal charges and get justice.....
my husband and i went out of town for an undetermined amount of time and told my sister inlaw that we were basically moving and scouting out a few areas so we didnt know when we would be back. i sent my girlfriend to my home a few weeks later to gather valuable items like appliances and list them to sell, we were needing the money. well when she arrived the first time she made a list of items, second time she came to gather them they were all gone- my home also trashed- turns out my sister inlaw admitted to getting the items to sell for me, has not sent me a penny nor had permission to do so at all. she refuses to tell me what she sold and now has turned her phones off. am i powerless? the police say i have to be present to press charges but i am unable to be, please help what can i do??
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If you've contacted law enforcement and they want you there... then you've done all you can there.
Your other option is to file a lawsuit.
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Technically, it is the District Attorney who files charges against someone. What you can do (as you have already tried to do) is report a complaint to law enforcement. Law enforcement then investigates and sends the police reports to the District Attorney. It sounds like the police are saying you have to make the complaint in person. My advice would be to contact other law enforcement entities in that area and see if anyone can help you while you are out of town. If you have already tried the local police department, you could also try the Sheriff's Department, DPS, and the Texas Rangers. Although that may not be their area on investigation, hopefully you will find someone who can pass the complaint along to the right department. Also, your friend who was helping you before may be able to make the complaint in person for you to get the investigative process started.
I believe you have a civil and criminal claim against her. There is no law saying you have to make a police report in person. That is just a policy, so it can be waived. I understand why they would want to see you in person due to fraud and commitment, but if that's impossible maybe an attorney can report to them on your behalf. Filing through the Sheriff or directly with the DA is a long shot. However, there is a new DA and policies may be changing. Hiring a private investigator may help, too.
Your first step is to call the police and file a police report.
At that time the police will investigate the claim and the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office will then decide whether or not to pursue the charges.