I was accused of stealing money from work, $30. I have worked at this place for 4 years and have handled money on multiple occasions, there has never been an issue. People at my job have changed their attitudes towards me, and terrible things are being said behind my back. I went to court today and was given 2 weeks to get an attorney and have been suspended from work. If I am found not guilty, and have been terminated, do I have a case of defamation of character?
You should not concern yourself with civil lawsuits IF you are acquitted. You should concern yourself with getting a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney to represent you before Judge Torkowsky so that the best possible deal can be negotiated on your behalf, which could possibly include a full withdrawal of the charges. Your best offense is a good defense. Many AVVO attorneys offer free confidential consultations.
Please keep in mind that if you fail to get counsel in 2 weeks, the court may force you to waive your charges down to the Court of Common Pleas.
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No. Worry about the serious criminal charges that are pending against you.
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That is very unlikely, unless the circumstances are unique. If they knew that you were innocent and they were just being vindictive, then it may be possible IF it has harmed your reputation in the community. This will be extremely difficult to prove and the burden will be on you. A good faith mistake on their part is not enough for you to win. Further, being terminated is also not enough in itself, because this is an at-will employment state. Most likely, you have between no shot and an extremely slim of recovering anything even if you are found not guilty.
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