Hello all, and thanks in advance for any insight. Recently while on business in Kansas, I picked up a wallet at a grocery store that had been left by the customer in front of me in line. I attempted to locate them in the parking lot to return the wallet, but was unable to find them.
I was exhausted from nearly 20 hours of travel and stupidly decided to return the wallet to the store the next day when it wasn't as busy, threw it in my car, and headed to the hotel. Once at the hotel, I placed the wallet in a drawer for safekeeping during the night, and completely forgot about it.
The hotel staff found the wallet and contacted the owner who in turn contacted the police. To the best of my knowledge, nothing was missing from the wallet. I was contacted by the investigating detective who would not discuss anything with me via phone. I explained to him that I do not live in town or in state, and would probably not be returning any time soon. He told me to contact him when I returned. I have not had reason to return since, so no additional contact has been made.
A few days ago though, I received in the mail a notice that a warrant had been issued. I contacted the warrants office and was notified that I was being charged with misdemeanor larceny and would have to post a bond of $2000 ($200 actual out of pocket). I immediately contacted several criminal attorneys and was told by all that it probably won't go anywhere and as long as I don't have any plans to return to Kansas, I shouldn't worry. Additionally, 3 of the 5 said that the statute of limitations is only 5 years, but I am not sure what that really means.
BUT, I am worried. I have a perfect record and have never been in trouble with the law before - I simply made a really stupid error in judgement. I don't want this to affect my record, nor do I want this to affect my ability to obtain work, nexus application, etc. I am not comfortable with something like this hanging over my head, but don't have the means to go back and forth between home and Kansas to get this resolved. Is there any way that I can resolve this long distance? Additionally, I do a lot of cross border business and travel regularly between Canada and the US, but no longer to Kansas. Is this likely to end up on the NCIC database? Am I likely to be stopped and/or arrested at the border? I would like to do the right thing but I can't seem to find a legal rep who takes it seriously - they all keep telling me to just let it go.
Thanks again for any help or insight.