Could the company I used to work with send me to court after stealing $200 and could it be avoided? 24 Answers as of May 28, 2013I stole $200 worth of money when I was working. I was fired and I offered to pay. I got a letter from civil, for extra money and I paid it. How can I avoid going to court? I did not get a notice yet. I just do not know what will happen.
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
If you get served, you must appear. You can plead that there was an "offer and compromise" or only "de minimis" harm to get the case withdrawn.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
Were you arrested? Did the police come and issue a ticket for stealing? If not, then nothing will probably happen, but it's possible that the company may contact the police later and press charges against you. The prosecutor has up to a year to charge you with a misdemeanor.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
If they file theft charges, you will be arrested. They can do so even if you paid their demand. Many companies will, on principle. You should have hired an attorney earlier. Now, if serious about doing so, contact me. If done in time, an attorney may be able to negotiate with the company for a civil compromise agreement that could avoid criminal charges being filed.
Answer Applies to: California
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
If the former employer reports the incident to the police, it is likely to be charged. Your hope is that the employer does not report the matter to the authorities. Unless you can convince the employer to remain silent, you have no control over whether the case is charged.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
It depends on whether the company notifies the police. If they don't, that Wii ne the end of it. If the police get involved, you will probably be charged with a misdemeanor. Jail is unlikely and you should remain silent.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
You can't. By paying them the civil demand you simply made the criminal case against you a lot easier to prosecute. You've basically indirectly admitted that you did it. Now you really need a lawyer to get you out of this jam.
Answer Applies to: California
Langford Law Firm | Theresa Langford
First, do not share any more of this information publicly again, as it could be interpreted as an admission. You don't mention how much time has passed, but it sounds like they are willing to let it go, and did not report it to the police. You can periodically (every few months) call the police department (anonymously) and inquire if there is an outstanding warrant in your name. If you do get notice, then be prepared with a retainer for an attorney and a bondsman.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
If your company got its money back and then some, they may not wish to press charges. However, you did steal, so you committed a crime. If they press charges, you can be found guilty of theft. Since they got their money back, you won't owe restitution, but you will owe fines and costs. Your crime has a statute of limitations, meaning that after so long a time, they won't be able to bring the charges. Check with a criminal defense lawyer to find out what the limitations period is. They can still bring charges on the very last day of the limitations period.
Answer Applies to: Alabama