One of the most important things that we have is our reputation. So, when an employer accuses you of theft, it can have a significant impact on your life. This is not to mention the criminal ramifications if convicted. Under North Carolina law, employee theft, or larceny, is considered a Class H felony unless otherwise stated. As such, it can result in up to 39 months in prison. There is clearly a lot at stake. Here’s what to know if your employer has accused you of theft.
1. Remain calm and don’t overly “react.”
When someone has accused you of something that you haven’t done, it can be a normal reaction to become angry. However, if you respond to allegations of theft with anger, it can actually work against you. It’s important that you remain respectful. If your employer wants to begin investigations and requests that you leave, it’s imperative that you listen to them. Do not react in person or via email; do not involve your colleagues. Bear in mind that anything you say can be taken out of context and/or used against you.
2. Gather all details that you can about the accusation against you.
Before you’re able to fight any accusation, you must first fully understand the details surrounding it. Therefore, it’s important that you ask questions to obtain any information you can. This may include things such as what it is that is missing, why your employer believes that you have stolen the item(s), how it is impacting your job (e.g., are you being fired?), how the investigation will be conducted, and whether you are being charged with larceny or any other crime.
3. Understand and consider your rights.
No matter what you are accused of, you should always bear in mind that you have rights. You are allowed to request to review your HR file. You also have the right to privacy, which means that doing things such as taking a lie detector, is not mandatory. Before you do anything else, be sure to consult with a qualified military law attorney. How you choose to defend yourself can make all the difference.
Attorney Joel Hancock at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Help Those in North Carolina Who Have Been Charged with Larceny or Another Crime
If you have been charged with larceny or another crime and believe that you are innocent or that your rights have been violated, you may have options. You have the right to defend yourself. Your best bet of doing so successfully is with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney who understands what you are up against and will fight on your behalf.
At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you to fight this charge. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!