Should a person who commits a crime turn themselves in? 5 Answers as of May 22, 2013

For Example: Mr. Crook states that he used a BB gun but admits that it looks like a real gun. Mr. Crook took a total of $130.00 during the robbery. Mr. Crook states that he was not wearing a mask and that the attendant got a good look at his face. This morning, Mr. Crook heard that officers had stopped by his apartment looking for him. They eventually found the BB gun. Should Mr. Crook turn himself in?

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Lutwin & Lutwin, LLP | Joel M. Lutwin
Yes.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/22/2013
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
That would depend on all the facts and circumstances. He should hire an attorney and disclose eveything and then decide on advice of attorney what to do.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/7/2012
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
You should retain a good criminal lawyer and tell them the truth about what happened. If the police are looking for you the lawyer will call them and ask them if they have a warrant for your arrest. If there is a warrant you should surrender to the police and hope that you can make bail. If they do not have a warrant you should not talk to the police no matter what they promise or threaten. Do not talk to anyone about the matter or try to handle it yourself. Do not just take off and hope they will not find you. Committing an armed robbery that could get you 10 years or more in prison for $130 is not good decision making. Try to make better decisions in the future or you will not have one.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/4/2012
Law Office of Richard Southard
Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
The suspected robber should hire an attorney and follow the advice of the attorney who will discuss all of the relevant facts with him. At a minimum, the suspected robber should not answer any questions regarding the incident no matter what the police tell him.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/3/2012
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
Yes.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/22/2013
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