What charges or what will I face for using someone else's credit card?

Asked on Jun 06th, 2012 on Criminal Law - Texas
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I was a former assistant to someone. We separated after many altercations and emotional abuse. Starting september 2011, I used that person's credit card to purchase personal items out of anger. Late May 2012, I get threatening phone calls from this former boss. He reported these actions. I get a call from one company. They say if I pay them the charges, they'll take liability for the charges and drop their respective dispute. A couple of weeks later, I get more hostile texts from this former boss. Saying the credit card company discovered more charges. What is my situation? What should I do? I haven't been contacted by the credit card company.
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Answered on Jun 29th, 2012 at 11:15 PM
As a former White Collar Crime Prosecutor and a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney I have seen this situation many times. Right now, an attorney can do you the most good. Unfortunately, it is also the time you are least likely to hire a lawyer. Using someone else's credit card without authorization is a felony. Do not make any statements to anyone. Even saying your sorry or trying to fix it with your old boss could be used against you, however, a lawyer can do all these things for you and maybe allow you to avoid prosecution.

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Answered on Jun 22nd, 2012 at 2:12 PM
Theft, forgery, all kinds if nastiness. Best to lawyer up and use your right to remain silent now. Do not talk to anyone without your lawyer.

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