one of my friends works in a shop that they sell lottery tickets. once he scanned the bar code of a lottery scratcher and tries the 3 validation numbers one by one to found out if the ticket is a winner or no. he didn't know this is a crime. now the California state lottery found out. what should my friend do? is he guilty?
Your friend obviously knew that he was trying to get money that he wasn't entitled to. As the old saying goes, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse."
If this is a one-time situation and he didn't wind up claiming a prize, it's probably unlikely that his attempts to collect winnings was detected by the Lottery computers.
What should your friend do?
1) Stop trying to rip off the California State Lottery. They have some of the most sophisticated security measures in the world, and the state will prosecute the bejeesus out of anybody they catch.
2) If he's contacted by law enforcement (which includes lottery investigators, some of whom are sworn law enforcement officers), he should politely say, "I know I have a right to remain silent, and I will not answer any questions without my lawyer present," then stick to it!
3) Stop blabbing to people about this incident. He shouldn't ever speak to anyone (except for his lawyer) about this ever again. That includes you.
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He's not guilty until 12 men/women say he is. He needs a lawyer ASAP.
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i agree with the previous lawyer..this is a big one..he/sh needs a lawyer immediately..
Do not wait
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This is real serious. Just handled a similar case in Ventura. You need an attorney.
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY
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