What should I do if I have been wrongfully accused of theft in the workplace?
Question Details: I have been wrongfully accused of theft by a previous employer; it happened 6 months ago. A police officer came to my door yesterday stating I had to set up an appointment for an interview. I was accused of stealing $50 from a petty cash drawer and was informed that some bank deposits were missing. I never took any of the things they are stating I did. The deposits and petty cash sit in an unlocked drawer that is not always attended by an employee. I'm not necessarily scared about the interview as I have nothing to hide and am not guilty but have never been to a police office or on any trouble in my 26 years of life and would just like to know what to expect what to say/not say and wether they can really accuse me of something that they have zero proof of?
Be mindful the anything you say to the police officer can be used against you in court if you voluntarily choose to answer the officers questions. People always say the they have nothing to hide, and that's fine, but understand that the purpose of the interview is to collect statements from you. Whether or not those statements will play a part in you being charged with theft is up to the officer and the prosecutor. My advice is to always invoke your right to remain silent when speaking to the police during an investigation, but ultimately it is your choice.