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I unintentionally picked up a cell phone at a wedding last…

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I unintentionally picked up a cell phone at a wedding last week assuming it was mine hours later realizing my phone was in my purse. The detectives have been to my apartment searching for the phone but there was a tracker on it. Thing is, after I realized it wasn't mine I gave it away. The dectectives contacted the bride and groom and said they would return with a search warrant. Not to mention this occurred in another county in which I residence. Should I be worried?

Lawyer's Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when was the warrant issued?

Florida! No warrant has been issued

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

I'm not sure

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I meant I don't live in the county where the wedding was
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Thank You for posting your criminal law question this evening. I'm attorney Bill assisting you.

You would need to return the phone and any other belonging that are said to be in your possession by the police.

If you were to return these then a warrant is not something that will be granted by the judge as there will be no basis.

If you returned the phone then the law is that as long as it was genuinely accidental then there wouldn't be criminal culpability. You could be prosecuted if the believe that it wasn't accidental.

It comes down to the larceny statute, criminal intent and intent to deprive the true owner of his property.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
But I don't have access to the phone anymore

Yes, as I said police can try to recover the phone by getting a warrant in that case.

They would need sufficient proof that the phone is still in your home and if aware it was somewhere else then the warrant may be not be granted.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
basically I have nothing to worry about because the phone is not in my possession.

No, that's not what i said. I said if it was accidentally taken and given back to the owner you have nothing to worry about but would still need to defend your case if they charged you and employ a defense attorney.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
OK thanks

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