Can you press charges for a stolen or missing library card if you don’t know who took it?

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Can you press charges for a stolen or missing library card if you don’t know who took it?

Some one thinks I have their library card and they want to pursue legal action. They have no proof that I have it and I’m wondering if there is anything that could happen?

Asked on February 25, 2012 under Criminal Law, Virginia

Answers:

Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

That particular person can always press charges and make a police report if they like, however the grounds in which any formal charges will be filed against you carries a much higher burden. To issue formal charges against you, the local prosecutor would have to have probable cause to believe that that person's library card was indeed stolen, and stolen by you. If so, the prosecutor could charge you with Larceny. I would not worry too much as police and prosecutors do not interject in small items like library cards too often. To be on the safe side, I would contact a local criminal defense attorney in your area to see if there have been any warrants issued against you and to discuss you various legal options in this matter.


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