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.
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.]
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.