Does someone get arrested if a police report is filed? 17 Answers as of May 30, 2013

If a police report is filed does the person get arrested or investigated?

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Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp.
Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp. | Todd Landgren
Not necessarily, many reports are filed and no action taken by police or prosecutor. That being said, police can arrest a person based on a report they receive!
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/22/2012
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
Not all police reports result in an arrest. 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.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/19/2012
The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
There will be an investigation which may or may not lead to an arrest and/or files charged.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2012
Law Office of John D Forsyth | John D Forsyth
Not always. The district attorney must review the report and decide whether or not to file.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2012
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
A police officer can write a report for a variety of reasons. Only when he submits it to the DA will the filing of a complaint even be considered and even then it is up to the Da.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2012
    Law Office of James S. Lochead
    Law Office of James S. Lochead | James S. Lochead
    If the police believe a crime has been committed they will investigate and if they are able to prove who committed the crime, they will arrest that person and charge them accordingly.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/17/2012
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    Just because a police report is filed does not necessarily mean someone will be arrested or investigated. People call the police every day wanting to make reports. The police decide whether or not a case is legitimate and whether it requires further investigation or if there is enough evidence to arrest someone.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/16/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Yes, if the police and DA decide to pursue and file criminal charges. .
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/16/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Usually the arrest happens first, then a report is written. But every once in a while the reverse can happen. It is up to the prosecutor who reviews the report as far as what charge(s), if any, to file. Remember that you have the right to remain silent, so don't incriminate yourself by speaking to anyone (especially investigators) other than your lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/16/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    You can only be arrested if an arrest warrant has been issued or if the police have probable cause to belive you have committed a crime. The mere filing of a police report may or may not constitue probable cause. If you think you may be arrested, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/16/2012
    Law Offices of George Woodworth & Associates
    Law Offices of George Woodworth & Associates | George Woodworth
    Not necessarily. Some reports don't justify any further investigation or any type of criminal filing. However, police reports generated when there is an arrest, almost always get further attention. Reviewing police officers if not the D.A. will take a look at arrest reports for evidence of the commission of a crime, proper police procedure, and as to the proper filing of charges.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/16/2012
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