Sacramento, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Can I be charged as a party to theft because I was in the vehicle with the person who stole merchandise from a retailer

I did not know that this person had intentions of stealing. I was done so I went out to the car to wait for them. A week later, I receive a voicemail from a detective asking me to call him back about questions he has for me. The other person involved was told that they have 30 days to turn themselves in. And it was mentioned to that person that the circumstances are the same for me as well. I want to know how I should deal with this detective. How should I answer? I do not want to incriminate myself.

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James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney who can advise you of your rights. There are many attorneys who advise persons under criminal investigation. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

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