I was arrested and charged yesterday with grand theft. I personally went to the local precinct when I learned by a neighbor they were pounding on my front door., shorty after I arrived they arrested me and booked me in. Detective came to talk with me, after my rights were read, I evoked my right to remain silent and not answer questions, based on the serious allegations towards me. I worked as a housecleaner for my employer for over 3 years and never had an issue, I was at his home a few days prior to arrest and nothing was said to me about this. I was bailed out by my husband yesterday and my court date is set for the beginning of sept 2012. I have no criminal history. I know he has accused others in the past of stealing....girlfriends, secretaries etc.
Unfortunately this happens much to often! Employers suspect someone of stealing and call the police, often times without having enough evidence. The detectives also take the victims woe against yours.
You have options and you need to consult with an attorney immediately. But, you did the right thing by invoking your right to remain silent. Don't talk about this with anyone but an attorney.
In the past 20 years, my office has handled dozens of these tyrpes of cases. They are very serious and need very delicate and ardent handling. You need a law firmyou believe is qualified, and, perhaps, a good private investigator. As a Former Deputy District Attorney, and Certified Criminal Law Specialist, I must advise you to get highly qualified law firm working for you NOW. I wish you well............David Wallin
My colleagues are totally correct. Lawyer up and do not talk with anyone at work or the cops and hire a good criminal defense attorney in your area.
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I also agree with everything my colleagues have written here. It is critical that you not only "lawyer up" immediately, but that you focus on finding the right lawyer for you so that you can go through this difficult time with as much confidence and support as possible.
You did the right thing by not talking to the cops. The next step is to consult with an attorney who specializes in criminal defense.
Just because you are charged with this offense does not mean that you will be found guilty of it. Your attorney can investigate the case, assert any defenses, and aim for a dismissal. The prosecution has the burden of proof, which means they have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed a theft. Your attorney may be able to show them that they will fall short of that goal.
If possible, secure an attorney prior to your first court date so that there will be adequate time to meet with you and be familiar with all the facts of your case.
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