Is it possible to be charged for a crime even though you weren't arrested and booked? 16 Answers as of December 11, 2012

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Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
Yes that can occur. You will be given notice, though, of the charges that have been filed against you. Once you go to court, generally, you will then be booked before you see the judge.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/11/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Yes they can do that and put out a warrant for your arrest.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/11/2012
Timothy J. Thill P.C.
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
It is possible. ?Perhaps after investigating the occurrence in question further, the police and or the prosecutor felt there was sufficient evidence against the defendant to proceed with charges. ?In that case, the defendant would probably be asked to turn himself into the police, or an arrest warrant would be issued for his arrest.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
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Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
Yes, the prosecutor can charge you after the fact based upon the police report.
Answer Applies to: Washington
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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Yes, your case can be presented to the grand jury, who may return an indictment.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 12/11/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Yes, they can seek a warrant to have you arrested. No real law that says they have to try and speak with you first.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
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    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    Yes, criminal cases may begin with a summons.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
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    Matthew Becker
    Matthew Becker | Matthew Becker
    Yes. Under Pennsylvania law, there are two way to be charged with a crime: 1. By being arrested and taken to jail, or 2. By mailing a Summons to your last known address ordering you to appear before a Magistrate.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
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    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Yes, in many instances the parties are actually charged with the crime before they are arrested or booked.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes. There is no requirement that you be arrested and booked in order to be charged. Otherwise all the fugitives will never be charged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/11/2012
    Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
    Yes. You will normally be given a Notice to Appear citation or you may receive a letter in the mail from either the court, the D.A.'s office or the police advising your that a case has been filed and that a court date has been set for you to appear.
    Answer Applies to: California
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    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law | Jonathan S. Willett
    Hello- Yes it is. The only restriction on the government is the statute of limitations, which for felonies in Colorado is 3 years, misdemeanors in state court-18 months. In many cases, law enforcement issue a summons to a person-no arrest or booking required. In many drug cases, they let the suspect go to see if they want to "work" their charge off by turning someone else in later.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 12/11/2012
    Patrick Earl Attorney
    Patrick Earl Attorney | Patrick Owen Earl
    Yes. Most of the time and in most criminal courts there is a process to see if the investigation done by law enforcement meets a certain standard, probably cause in order to charge someone with a crime. Some jurisdictions and courts use a grand jury to do this, in others the prosecutors office reads report and a person make a charging decision and then mails out notice to the person or asks for the issuance of an arrest warrant for the crime.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 12/11/2012
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Yes, and it happens quite often. Police will take a report and if they find the information credible will file for warrant requests from the prosecutor's office and charges will be filed. That person may not be aware of the charges for quite some time until they are picked up are find out and turn themselves in. At some point, they will have to be arrested and booked however.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 12/11/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Yes, in that case the police will write a report and forward it to the prosecutor's office.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
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    Leslie Ramos
    Leslie Ramos | Leslie Ramos
    Yes the district attorney can charge you without you being arrested or booked. This is common place.
    Answer Applies to: California
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