Kenly, NC asked in Criminal Law for North Carolina

Q: Do I need a criminal attorney for alleged theft by employee?

I have been accused of stealing one tablet from my work. No charges have been filed yet. Should I proceed to hire an attorney?

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Philip J. Clarke III
Philip J. Clarke III
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Morehead City, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Since no charges have been filed, you may not need to hire an attorney just yet, but since many good criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations, there is no reason why you should not at least speak to one or two. There are things worth considering when you know you are a suspect -- like what you should say when talking to investigators; what you can expect if charged; how you will handle bond, etc. It may be that some of the things you learn from talking with that attorney could result in you not being charged, or the state not having a bunch of statements to use against you (very possibly taken out of context) because you understood your right to remain silent and some of the reasons for doing so. So...when it comes to criminal charges... even just potential criminal charges, an experienced criminal defense attorney is a valuable person to have working for you, and worth paying for.

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