Can I resolve an electricity theft charge before it goes to court?

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Can I resolve an electricity theft charge before it goes to court?

My electricity was disconnected and someone turned it on for me 3 months ago. I just received a criminal summons for theft for this? I am really scared and I want to know if there is something I should do to try to resolve it with the electric company.

Asked on September 30, 2011 under Criminal Law, Maryland

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have received a criminal summons regarding the alleged theft of electricity you should consult with a criminal defense attorney about this in that in most criminal proceedings the result of a conviction or a guilty plea could be jail time.

You need to be careful about talking to law enforcement or anyone not your attorney about the charge against you in that you could make an admission that could be used against you in the criminal proceeding. Be prepared to provide the attorney who you will be consulting with all information about the circumstances that you are being charged with.

Good luck.


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