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A young who does housework for me recently acquired a computer

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A young who does housework for me recently acquired a computer on a rent-to-own agreement. The agreement specified he was not to pawn the computer during the length of the agreement. Well, he got into a financial bind and pawned it. The company demanded the computer back, but the pawn shop owner said he couldn't get it out of pawn because it "was in the hands of the sheriff's department. Evidently the rental company found out he pawned the computed and reported it stolen. He says he's been told if he pays the remaining balance, when a court case comes up, he will not be found guilty of anything. I think he still can be found guilty of something. What do you suggest he do at this point?
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Unfortunately, this is theft of rental property or failure to return rental property. However, for him to be convicted the rental store has to press charges and if he pays off what is owed, they will dismiss the charges and he would not go to trial or be convicted. If they did not dismiss charges against him, then he could absolutely still be convicted, but most times they will give him a written agreement if he pays the rental place off they will agree to dismiss charges and that is the only way he would not be convicted of anything.




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