Q: if you admit to doing an act after they already got someone for it (petty theft) can you still get in trouble for it?
my son (15) stole a Trump flag and his 18yr old friend got cited (petty theft 2nd degree 1st offense) for it. Now the friend wants my son to sign an affidavit admitting that he did it so this friend can take it to court. Can my son now get in trouble for it months later?
A: If you admit to a crime you can be prosecuted for it unless the Statute of Limitations has run. The State will have to have evidence that a crime occurred before that admission would be admissible. You never want to see an innocent person prosecuted for something they didn't do, however your son should attempt to retain a local lawyer before admitting to anything.
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