Fredericksburg, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: Stole a wallet with nothing in it no hard evidence should I get a lawyer

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G. Rex Flynn Jr.
G. Rex Flynn Jr.
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Arlington, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: If you're charged with the theft, then I think it's absolutely a good idea to consider retaining counsel. Without knowing more, it's hard to assess the gravity of the situation. For example, who is asserting that you stole the wallet? What is their basis for that conclusion? Was it stolen by force, or threat of force? Was it picked up off the ground without any apparent owner around? More importantly, how credible is the party making this accusation. All of these are very important factors in determining any criminal liability.

It's also very important to note that larceny related offenses can often have collateral consequences as well, that will severely affect current and future employment as well as immigration consequences as well. A conviction could be the basis for the loss of employment, the prevention of new employment, and adverse immigration consequences as well. At the very least, I would advise that you get a consultation, so that you can be in the best position to decide.

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