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I was contacted by a detective to come in for...

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3 Aug 2021

I was contacted by a detective to come in for an interview a few moments ago. I was contacted by the police earlier today saying I’d been recorded 4 times since December shoplifting from the grocery store. Is it likely they will get an arrest warrant or send a summons? I told the detective I was retaining an attorney and he got the attorneys name. What’s that mean? Will he contact them in his investigation?
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3 Aug 2021

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Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
I’m just worried about getting arrested in front of my children or my job, which would be detrimental
3 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
3 Aug 2021
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney

Hello! Thanks for using JustAnswer. My name is ***** ***** I am an attorney ready to answer your questions with top-quality service. Just a few quick things before we get started:

I’m sorry to hear you are having these problems with your legal issue. I know that can be frustrating.   However, we can get this resolved quickly;

We are transitioning to a new system to better serve you, so there may be a slight delay in my responses.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.

How much truth is it to what they're saying about the shoplifting?

3 Aug 2021
Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
Unfortunately I did it
3 Aug 2021
Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
Stupid because there’s no reason
3 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
3 Aug 2021
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney

I hear you! Were you contacted by phone or did the officer come see you?

3 Aug 2021
Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
They called me. My car tag is still in Georgia and not SC so they don’t have my address, yet… but I had an incident with my son (12yrs old) a few months ago where he got beat up so I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to figure it out because we filed a report.
3 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
3 Aug 2021
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney

Understood! So you're just wondering what it is you can do here, correct?

3 Aug 2021
Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
I guess I was wondering if they can get a warrant and come get me now or is it likely that the detective who called me for an interview is going to contact my lawyer first. I know there’s no certainty I’m just worried about my kids seeing this and we are completely alone. There’s no one here to take care of them.
3 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
3 Aug 2021
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney

Got it! I believe I have everything I need, but was there anything else you’d like to add before I answered? If not, I can begin working on your answer.

3 Aug 2021
Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
No that’s all really.
3 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
3 Aug 2021
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney

Great! I just need a little time to do some research and to draft up a high-quality answer. I'll be with you as soon as possible! It won't be terribly long!

3 Aug 2021
Customer reply
3 Aug 2021
Thank you
3 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation!

So the short answer to your question is that it's probable they would seek a warrant if you don't come in. The main reason is that it seems improbable that the police would target you unless they had some proof. They don't consider this a serious or violent issue, so there won't be much need for them to use manpower or seek a warrant for this (yet).

My recommendation? I would find a local criminal defense attorney to go down there and do the interview.

I don’t have any specific contacts; however, I can do the next best thing.

One thing I recommend is going through your state’s lawyer referral service (LRS).  The LRS typically only lists experienced attorneys who have adequate staffing to assist people.

Yelp.com is a surprisingly good place to find lawyers.

You can also find a lawyer on the Legal Services Corporation website. The LSC is an independent non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 1974 to help people find legal aid services (https://www.lsc.gov/what-legal-aid/find-legal-aid).

Sometimes, the local law schools can provide free legal assistance, too. Yelp.com is a surprisingly good place to find lawyers.

You can also return to this site and ask questions to me as you go through this process to keep your costs down.

Did you have any other questions for me today?

4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
No sir. Thank you for your help. I have an appointment and will get representation ASAP. I appreciate you!
4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle

You bet! Thank you for trusting JustAnswer with your question. If you have additional concerns or need me to clarify anything, please let me know. I am happy to help. My name is ***** ***** I go by Legal Eagle on this site.  Once you log back in, you can go to the “My Questions” page, and you’ll see our conversation. There, you will have a chance to “Request Legal Eagle”.  Type in your question, and it comes to me. You can also click the link below. https://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-dmwesq/.

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