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A detective wants to question me - help?

I was fired from my job in December of 2010. Now, two and a half years later I have been contacted by a detective, who wants me to go to the station so that hear "my side of the story." When I asked what it was about he said a fraud case filed by former employer, early in 2011, involving missing money orders, and that my name had "come up." I agreed to meet with the detective this coming Wednesday (this was two weeks ago) but since agreeing I have been doing a lot of research and everything points to telling me I should NOT meet with the detective. I do not have legal counsel at this time. If I cancel the appt., what reason do I give? And will my canceling cause me to get arrested? I have never even been inside a police station, and I am 40 yrs. old and terrified. Please advise me. Can I be arrested even if they have no evidence against me, and why is this happening over 2 years later?

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If they honestly thought you did the crime they would have sent cops to arrest you and book you in to the system. This is called a fishing expedition. You are not obligated to go meet with them. If they had any evidence against you, they would have knocked on your door. Plus, there may be a time limit on this. Please ask around and find a lawyer or a friend who knows one who can at least advise you. Cancel it and simply say you will make a new time to meet him once you have a lawyer. Odds are, they won't call back. If you did nothing wrong, someone else at the company pointed the finger at you to avoid getting caught them selves. Do not answer anything on the phone. Keep saying you will not speak to them without a lawyer. They are not allowed to ask you anything once you state that you want a lawyer.

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ps...if they do arrest you and you cannot afford a lawyer, they have to appoint you a public defender and still may not ask you anything without the lawyer around.
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They can't arrest you for not talking to them but it might be a good idea to keep the apt to find out what they thinking/know and if they are trying to pin this on you or if they simply want information about someone you may have worked with. Do not admit to anything, do not give them any information until you can talk to a lawyer. Find out what the story is and any questions they ask you tell them "I am not comfortable answering questions at this time, I would like to seek legal council, then we can talk"

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Absolutely do not answer questions or just say no comment until I have legal representation. Leave when you wish and bring a friend if you wish.
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high 5 @ Deana on "I am not comfortable answering questions at this time"
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Get a lawyer, don't tell them anything. They can use what you say against you, and inconsistencies as well.

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Get a lawyer. If you can't afford one contact legal aid.

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Id at least do a one time consult with a lawyer. If you are a suspect they will arrest you once they figure they have enough evidence. As for the time period - reality isnt a TV show where everything gets solved in an hour. Real investigations often take months or even years. Im sure an investigation has been going on for a long while. If you have a standing appointment dont cancel or it could really get them suspicious. Please consult an sttorney. And while being questioned stay aware and think. Stick strictly to facts you know for absolute certain. If you dont know the answer say so clearly. Dont guess. Dont lie about anything because theyll catch you in it. If they become the least bit accusatory or even vaguely threatening drmand your attorney

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Lawyer up. In fact I probably would advice you now as an "armchair lawyer" to refrain from discussing this any further online.

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you have the right to talk to a lawyer before you say anything to the detective. if you cannot afford one, one can be appointed to you free of any charge.

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That is only on TV or when you are actually charged in court!
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They're calling you to come in and confirm their suspicions! If you go without a lawyer there is a chance you could talk yourself into jail! If they have enough evidence they will come out and arrest you no matter if you go in or not! I used to like the challenge!!! If you go in and change your mind you can always demand a lawyer, but by then a good cop would have enough to go for a warrant! If you don't lawyer up first at least get a consultation with one!

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