Wht to do if a friend of mine used what ended up being someone else’s credit card?

My friend knew the credit card owner and so they ended up agreeing on a monetary amount so that no charges would be filed. Is signing a document written up by one of the parties legitimate in not bringing criminal or other charges?

Asked on February 1, 2013 under Criminal Law, Ohio


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The right to bring criminal charges is that of the District Attorney's office (or local Prosecutor's Office) and not that of the person who owns the credit card, although arguably if they will not file a complaint then the prosecutor can have a difficult time proving it was stolen. I think that your friend should have an attorney help with this matter.  He or she is attempting to make restitution but signing any document with out having a lawyer read it is not the wisest thing.  And in fact may not end up being what you want.  Get help.  Good luck.

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