I took money from my employer and turned myself in to police. haven’t been charged yet, it’s been over a week. have gambling issue. what can I expect?

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I took money from my employer and turned myself in to police. haven’t been charged yet, it’s been over a week. have gambling issue. what can I expect?

Asked on May 6, 2009 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

You didn't give much by way of specifics.  However the fact that you turned yourself in is in your favor.  But before this goes any further you need to speak with an attorney.  If money is an issue, you should contact legal aid or your public defender's office.

Your attorney will help in possibly getting any charges against you reduced.  He/she could conceivably get the charges against you dropped perhaps if you were to make restitution and your employer declines to press the charges.  If this is a first offense you might be eligible for "diversion".  This is where an individual has to make some form of restitution and typically undergo treatment if there is an underlying problem which caused you yo commit the crime (here, your gambling); also community service might be imposed.  If you comply with all terms and don't get into anymore trouble during this period of diversion, you can end up with a clean criminal record. 

As you can see, there are many possibilities as to what you can expect.  You have made a good start.  You have owned up to your actions.  Now let an attorney help you sort this all out.

 


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