If someone says I stole from their home while staying there, will a warrant be issued for my arrest?

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If someone says I stole from their home while staying there, will a warrant be issued for my arrest?

I was staying in their home and moved out. Now, I’m being accused of having stolen a tablet and other

items. Will a warrant be issued for my arrest just based on their word what exact evidence will they need to support their claim against me?

Asked on November 7, 2017 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Whether there *will* be a warrant, we cannot say: that depends on how believable or credible this person was, how seriously the authorities take her accusations, and the value of the allegedly stolen items. What we can say is that a warrant *could* issue for your arrest: the testimony of a witness to or victim of a crime, by itself and without any other evidence, can be sufficient for criminal charges and an arrest.


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