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For which crime?
What are the circumstances of the theft? What is the value of the ring?
Thank you. Theft charge statutes impose various punishments based upon value. For example, under $500 may be a misdemeanor. In Alabama, theft of an item with a value greater than $2,500 is felony that carries a penalty of 2-25 years.
I would recommend that the cousin retain an attorney before turning herself in, and not make any statements to the police without the attorney present.
The attorney should speak and negotiate on her behalf.
She can turn herself in, but I recommend not making any statements to the police. She will be processed, and arraigned. At her arraignment hearing, if she cannot afford an attorney, she will be given a public defender.
Yes, if the judge determines that she is not a danger or a flight risk, she will likely be given bail.
No. You are not assisting in a crime. And, she is not a fugative, thus you are not harboring a fugitive.
From what you have said, you have not committed a crime.
I hope this helps.
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