I understand that generally speaking, criminal charges (and almost anything that happens in a court room) is matter of public record. However, there are exceptions. Take for example a divorce. In a acrimonious divorce, crimes are often committed whether intentional or unintentional. Person A commits fraud by lying on a bank account. An investigation is launched and evidence is collected against Person A, during the divorce. Is Person B (the spouse) entitled to the information about the investigation or the charges? Can Person B reference the investigation or criminal charges during the divorce? Something similar happened to me and it seems like my Person B knows far more about the investigation or my charges than she should.
Criminal charges are formal accusations in court that someone has committed a crime. Criminal charges have many classifications and degrees of severity.
Evidence includes records, physical items, or testimony that demonstrate some fact in a case. To be used in court, evidence must be collected in a legal manner.
by attorney John M. Kaman
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