Asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Is it a scam if you are contacted by either police or lawyer and are told to pay back something or you go to jail?

Money was entered into bank account. I was told it was stolen money. Was also told to pay back a percentage. Then an additional amount or I go to jail if I dont

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: More info is needed to properly evaluate your case.

There are lots of scams going on where calls are made from what looks like the IRS or local Police saying you owe money and if you don't pay you will be arrested. i have not heard of one where the bank notifies police and they argue stolen money or they just guess that you have made a recent deposit and made that statement.

However, it is always a good idea to contact a local attorney that handles these cases in the courthouse to which you are ordered to appear.

In other words, I am in Palm Springs and you don’t want to hire a Palm Springs lawyer for an Orange Co case.

Most criminal and accident lawyers will offer a free consultation to review the facts.

The case will depend on how the evidence was obtained and the details regarding the stop and arrest, as well as a review of the facts of your case.

Call a local attorney to discuss this matter in more detail and request an appointment.

Don't discuss your matter on a platform like this as what you say can be used against you.

If you need help finding a good lawyer, please contact me at 760 8377500 or for names of lawyers in your area.

Good Luck

Greg Freeze
Greg Freeze
  • Port Townsend, WA
  • Licensed in California

A: Scam, scam, scam. This particular one takes many forms, but rest assured, if you have really done something wrong the police will be talking to you in person.

A variation on this theme of scam involves the IRS. The IRS won't call--there is always a letter.

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