Saint Thomas, PA asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania

Q: My ex is trying to file false allegations against me about using his debit card. Can the cops arrest me for it?

My ex is trying to accuse me of using his debit card for purchases he has made. He left his wallet at home for almost a week while he was away and now hes saying that i made purchases in his absence. What can i do to prove my innocence?

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Cary B. Hall

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Well, theoretically, you don't have to prove your innocence at all: the cops/courts have to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The problem here is that it *is* very difficult to prove a negative. How to prove you *didn't* do something? If you get a call from the cops, you can certainly deny any involvement or unauthorized purchases -- or you can refuse to speak to them at all since you don't have to.

Presumably, one way to prove that someone *did* make an unauthorized purchase is to watch the store surveillance video from the date/time of the purchase -- and cops can get these videos during their investigation. Let them. Then they'll find out who really did make those purchases, and you'll be exonerated.

Best of luck to you.

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