What should I do if a police officer just called me and wants me to come in about a credit card I found and spent over $500 on?

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What should I do if a police officer just called me and wants me to come in about a credit card I found and spent over $500 on?

Will I be arrested? What will the charge be?

Asked on October 28, 2014 under Criminal Law, Maine

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The charge will some form of theft, since you plainly stole from the credit card holder: if you found the card, you knew that it was not yours; therefore, when you charged on it, you knew you were taking money from someone else--i.e., you were stealing. The precise charge will vary with the surrounding facts, the exact amount charged, etc., but you could be looking at what is commonly known as a "felony"--that is, the potential for more than a year in jail. You will very likely be arresteed if you  do not come in voluntarily; however, before doing that, retain an attorney (a criminal defense lawyer) IMMEDIATELY and following his/her advice as to exactly what to do--and do *not* speak to anyone about this before speaking to your lawyer.


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