Can you be charged with a theft crime inone stateif the actual crime was committed in another?

I worked for a company out of PA as a sale rep and they accused me in W VA.

Asked on September 14, 2011 under Criminal Law, West Virginia


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, one can be charged with a crime in one particular state in this country if the allegations are that the plan and actual course of conduct leading to the theft actually occurred in an adjoining state. Whether the charges will be proved in that one state where the actual theft of the item did not occur remains to be seen depending upon the criminal statute one is charged with and the distruct attorney's office meeting its burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt.

You should be concerned about the possibility of federal charges concerning the alleged theft in that crossing state lines of different states could lead to charges under federal law.

From what you have written, it sounds that you may need to consult with a criminal defense attorney.

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