First of all, you didn't "have to" go to the station to give a statement. If the police felt they had probable cause
to seize your computer, they could have gotten a warrant signed by a judge and just come over and taken it. Instead, they made you feel like what you had to do was give your side of the story so that, in fact, you confessed to the crime.
Maybe the DA won't be able to find that you did much of anything wrong here. If your boyfriend ever used your machine to check his own email, it would be very hard for the DA to prove beyond a reasonable doubt who opened and read the mail, depending, of course on how much you've told the police. With that in mind, if the police contact you again in any way for more help with your prosecution, tell them you'll get back to them after you speak to a lawyer. And then call and retain one.
In the meantime, no news is good news. If nobody contacts you, do not contact the police either. An E non-violent
felony is not likely to end you up in jail. At worst, you'll find yourself on felony probation, though, in fact, I think a misdemeanor
offer would be more likely. But as you don't presently have a record and it would be nice if you could altogether avoid one if possible, you really should involve a criminal
lawyer at the earliest convenient time. That would would be when the police start calling and bothering you or if they want you to turn yourself in so that they can arrest you.
If you are unable to retain an attorney then, if hiring a lawyer is out of the question because you don't have the funds, after you are arrested and come before the judge, plead not guilty at your arraignment and let the judge know that you are indigent and will need him to appoint you a public defense attorney.
Good luck here.
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Edited by FranL on 11/1/2009 at 12:41 AM EST