How should I answer the police questionnaire regarding theft that happened from where I work? 11 Answers as of August 01, 2013I work at a plant that had property stolen. The state police were called and they are investigating. Today all employees received a Questionnaire from the police with strange questions about the theft. My question is, do I legally have to fill out this questionnaire or can I refuse to fill it out and what might happen then?
ROBERT HAMBRICK Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney | ROBERT HAMBRICK
You don't have to do anything, but your employer may take action based on what you do or don't do as the employer clearly would want you to cooperate with the investigation. I would suggest answering but in as limited way as possible.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
Ordinarily, your employer would have the right to require you to respond to these questions. But because this seems to be part of an investigation by law enforcement, you have the right to refuse to respond to these questions until you receive advice from legal counsel. Further, you may have the right to refuse to respond altogether based on your Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. Now let's be practical here. If you did not steal property and had no knowledge or involvement in the theft of property, you probably should fully cooperate with your employer in this investigation. Indeed, you should hope that your employer catches the wrongdoers. While you may have the right to refuse to fill out the form, I seriously doubt if this would be a good idea.
Answer Applies to: New York
Catchick Law, PC | Matt Catchick
If you refuse to sign it, they will likely assume you are either guilty of the crime, or you are withholding info about the crime. I would strongly recommend you consult with a Criminal Defense Attorney in private to review the questionnaire before you decide whether or not to fill-it out.
Answer Applies to: Michigan