What to do if I’m being accused of using my ex-girlfriend’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases?

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What to do if I’m being accused of using my ex-girlfriend’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases?

I found this out because a police officer showed up at my dads house asking for me. My dad told him I don’t live there anymore. The police officer then stated that they will just put out a warrant for my arrest. What does that mean? Well I know that it means I will be arrested if I have a run in with the police. I guess my better question is, did they just want to get my side of the story and since they couldn’t find me they are issuing a warrant? They can’t charge me without my side of the story correct?

Asked on March 23, 2013 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

Anthony Van Johnson / VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, L.L.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

First of all, you absolutely can be arrested and charged without having been given the opportunity to present your side of the story.  What you need to do immediately is retain an attorney to represent you.  The attorney can contact the detective, investigate the allegations, and possibly convince the detective to close the case.  In the event that the detective is determined to pursue an arrest warrant, the attorney can negotiate a low or reasonable bond and arrange for you to turn yourself in, instead of being arrested wherever you may be found.  You should consult with an experienced attorney right away.


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