Once theft charges have been filed against you, you will be summoned to appear in court. For serious charges (felonies), an arrest warrant can be issued when the charges are filed. Once a judge issues a warrant, you will be arrested as soon as possible and brought to court to answer the charges.
How Much Time Does the Prosecutor Have to File Charges? If the suspect is in custody (jail), prosecutors generally must file charges within 48 to 72 hours of the arrest. In other cases (when the suspect isn’t in custody), it could take days, weeks, or months to file charges.
The first and foremost thing to do in most cases is to file a police report, including as much information as you can about the nature of the crime and the identity of the person who did committed it. You can consult an experienced lawyer to ensure your police report is properly filed.
A victim cannot force or require the prosecutor to pursue a case, but the prosecutor is more likely to pursue criminal charges if the victim is cooperative.
Investigation Timeline Most sexual violence or sexual harassment investigations conducted through the Title IX officer take up to 90 days to be resolved, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of parties involved.
The only way you’ll know about this is when papers arrive in the mail or a summons has been hand-delivered to you by another person. To find out if any paperwork is coming to you in the mail, you can contact the local criminal court and ask the clerk if any pending cases, warrants, or court dates have been filed.
A report is evaluated by the police before they pass it on to the prosecutor. After review by the police it can be held by the police to see if this is a reoccurring problem or it can be sent to the prosecutor’s office. They then decide to file it with the court or to reject the case.
Filing a report involves the victim of a crime reporting an incident to the police. Pressing charges involved the police arresting someone and charging that person with a crime.
A criminal charge is a formal accusation made by a governmental authority (usually a public prosecutor or the police ) asserting that somebody has committed a crime. A charging document, which contains one or more criminal charges or counts, can take several forms, including: complaint.
The straight answer is “no”. You cannot be charged and eventually convicted if there are no evidence against you. If you happen to be arrested, detained, and charged then there is most likely a probable cause or a physical evidence that points towards you.
Even though you can’t file charges yourself, your cooperation makes it more likely the police and prosecutor can make a strong case against the suspect. This is especially true if your statements are the main evidence against the suspect.
As to criminal case, you do not need a lawyer. Rather you need to go to the police with the district attorney.
If you are prosecuted with the indictable form of the offence, you could face up to 5 years imprisonment (in jail ).
While it is not too late to report the incident you may have some trouble getting a prosecutor to file charges this late in the time frame. You file the report with the police agency in the location of the crime.