My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I have a issue which is really bothering me. I was laid off by my employer a few weeks ago. I turned in all the company property I had on my and when asked if I had anything else I had said no. About a few days ago I was cleaning up my office and noticed my work laptop sitting in my closet in its case. I want to return it to them, but Im VERY afraid of them filing charges or something against me. I do have a prior conviction for embezzlement so the idea of it happening a second time makes me lose sleep at night. I assume that by turning it in they would assume I have been hiding something and try to come after me since its been a few weeks. I just want to get rid of it, but I don't want to be put in the same position again, as I know the charges are more serious the 2nd time around. Any suggestions? Should I consult an attorney before I contact my former employer about returning the laptop?