What should I do if my past employer filed a false police report on me?

My past employer accused me of stealing approximately $3,000 in the form of deposits on December 27th. She took me off of the schedule, which to me means I was fired. I was informed today that on Friday evening January 25th, by other current employees, that she filed a police report stating that. One employee said they were all being questioned. Do I need to get a lawyer now? One local lawyer said he can’t do anything until the charges are filed but once they’re filed won’t I be arrested or have a warrant for my arrest? I have 4 children and I need to know what to do to stay out of jail.

Asked on January 28, 2019 under Criminal Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The local lawyer is right in that until charges are filed, there is nothing that can be done or needs to be done, because nothing has happened. Anyone may file a police report: a police report is simply one person's version of what happened or story--it has not been judged to be correct, has not been determined to be true, it has no legal effect, etc. Only if action is taken on it (e.g. charges) is there anything to react to or take steps about.


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