Accused of embezzelling from a pizzeria

Hello the other day my friend who worked at a pizzeria could not make it to work so I came in for him. I let them know I was not interested in working there permanently. My friend who worked there let me know they did not think fondly of me. When i cashed out they said everything was fine but 4 hours later they called me multiple times but i did not answer. Then they texted me saying I did not pay for an 85 order and that i pocketed it which is a lie. I did not answer but i let my friend know via text messages this is a complete lie. They might have those text messages. Right now, 2 days later they have threatened to call the police on me and i know this because of my friend who works there who is on my side. If the police come to my house what should i say? Should i tell them I’m not answering any questions without a lawyer? I was paid under the table should i just deny that i ever worked there? Thank you

Asked on June 24, 2016 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the police come to speak with you, you can, if you did not steal, simply deny that you stole, but do not elaborate or say anything more than that: as you have probably heard on TV police shows, "anything you say can and will be used against you," so the more you say, even if you are innocent, the greater the likelihood that you will contradict yourself or say something else that could somehow be used against you.
Do not tell any lies, such as that you did not work there: it's too easy to be caught out (for example, if they have several people who will testify that you did work) and being caught in a lie will hurt your credility and make you look guilty.
If the police are not satisfied by your denial, get an attorney and do not say anything else until you speak with him or her.


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