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I have been contacted to call a sheriff about tampering of power meter and possible theft of electricity. It is the first call to me. There was tampering with the meter because it blew up and I had no power so I jumped it and hooked up power through another meter at the garage with it being metered. However the power company found the meter had been bypassed and a tag had been tampered with they called the sheriff. My question is how much should I cooperate in explaining the situation with the sheriff and will I risk too much self incrimidation by answering questions? My fear is that if I deny everything and do not cooperate they will move to arrest and press charges and it will get huge. What should I do before when I call the sheriff back?
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Since you just confirmed you did actually did tamper with the power, I would recommend that you do no direct talking to the sheriff but proceed in getting a criminal defense attorney to represent your interests. The goal of the sheriff is to try to get you to establish their case for them. The goal of your attorney would be to prevent that from happening. So I would recommend that you do no talking on the phone until you have an attorney with you to control the amount of information the Sheriff askes you.




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No need to call them back since you did not have direct contact with them. Contact the lawyer now and then either wait until they call you back or once you have the lawyer have the lawyer call you. If you do make contact, then set up a time where you can reasonably find an attorney (maybe in two weeks).



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