What do I do for a false theft accusation? 26 Answers as of September 07, 2012While my parents were on vacation, I house sat for them. Two weeks after my parents came home; my mom accused me of stealing a purse that she supposedly hid in her room while they were gone. I never even saw the purse let alone took it. Now, she is threatening to press charges against me. What should I do?
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
You cannot be convicted or even arrested unless the police have probable cause and sufficient proof to say that you committed the crime and no one else could have committed the crime. First of all, there is no proof that the purse was hidden, perhaps she forgot about the purse and it is somewhere else. Perhaps a burglar took it. Perhaps someone else took it. Perhaps you took it, which is the most likely scenario but no one can prove that. You are the "likely suspect" but unless you confess, pawn the contents, or get caught with the items from the purse you will not get convicted. If you stole from your parents shame on you. If your mother falsely accused you with no proof shame on her. Kids are always taking money from their parents, it's not right, but it is very common. Your mother will always suspect you and if you did take it you should apologize and buy he a present and write her a letter of apology.
Answer Applies to: New York
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
This case is extremely difficult to prove, as nobody witnessed the actual theft of the purse. ?I would guess that the police/prosecutor will not allow charges to be brought against you, but if they are, you should hire counsel, and you have a good chance of beating the rap.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
In any criminal case, the prosecution has to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Can they do that here? I don't know. What can you do? Keep your mouth shut and consult face to face with a lawyer. I would strongly suggest you don't make any statements to anyone (parents, police, etc.) until you meet with a lawyer. If they don't have a case against you, why help them build one by saying something they can use against you?
Answer Applies to: California
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
There is not a lot you can do besides speak to your mother to work things out. It is unusual for a mother to threaten a child with criminal charges. In most cases I advise people not to speak to police (which applies to you as well) and also not to speak to the alleged victim. I don't know if that applies here. If your mother treats you like a common acquaintance and would use what you say against you, then by all means I would advise you not to speak with her as well. Whenever you speak to anyone about an allegation, you run the risk that anything that you say will be used against you. Only you now the relationship between you and your mother and how speaking to her will effect your situation.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
In NH, people don't "press" charges against other people. Your mother can report the alleged theft to the police department and the police will investigate the alleged criminal offense. The police may also contact you to interview about the alleged theft. The police will then make a decision to determine whether or not they believe that a crime actually occurred and who they believe committed it. The police will then seek an arrest warrant for the suspect of the alleged crime. If the police contact you, you should retain an experienced NH criminal defense attorney to represent you in your case.
Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
If your mother files charges, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you stole the purse. However, the state can use circumstantial evidence to do that. Your mother will testify that before she left on vacation, she hid a purse. (I wonder what was in it that was so valuable, and why she didn't put it in a safe or safety deposit box.) She will testify that she went on vacation, you were the only one with access to the house, and when she returned the purse was gone. That will be enough for a judge or jury, I suspect. If I were on the jury, I might wonder why she would trust you with her home and all her belongings, then accuse you of theft.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Your mother intends to press charges against you. Fill us in on the rest of the story: (1) I used to be heavy into drugs, and stole a lot when I was looking for a fix; (2) I am 27 years old and my parents think I should have moved 10 years ago; or (3) my step-mother and I never really got along. What you do is move out. If you don't you will probably be forced out by being taken to jail. Tough way to grow up.
Answer Applies to: Georgia