What to do about a possible charge of being a juvenile accomplice regarding theft?

My 17 year old sister was contacted by the county Sheriff and notified she is an accomplice because she was driving other juveniles that unaware they stole a laptop and credit card. Should she contact a criminal law attorney? In Douglas County, CO.

Asked on September 15, 2011 under Criminal Law, Colorado

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your sister definitely should consult with a criminal law attorney. She's facing a serious charge and it could impact her for years to come. In the meantime she is under no obligation to go the the sheriff's department or to even speak again with the sheriff (even if they come to your home). Bottom line, under no circumstances should she speak with the police without having an attorney. 

The fact is that no matter how innocent she may be, she could inadvertently say something incriminating about regarding this matter. If she speaks to them without having a lawyer to represent her interests, it is to the authorities' benefit. They can and will try to get her to implicate herself. So no matter how friendly and concerned they may appear or, conversely, no matter how intimidating and threatening they seem, she should not speak to them without legal counsel. 


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