How soon would one know if there are criminal charges filed against them..what is the time frame for this?

Asked about 1 year ago - Boston, MA

Someone was detained by loss prevention and the police were called in ,but no arrest was made. Not quite sure if a formal report was documented by the officers. What should he/she look forward to in the near future. Civil demand notices have been issued by 2 separate law firms on several occasions thus far. Almost 5 months have passed since the incident ,how long does it usually take if the case were to go to trial? Would there have been something in the mail at this point...what are the expectations? Where and how can one find this information?

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  1. David C. Newton

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    Answered . Chances are if you were going to be charged criminally then they would have done it by now. if something does come from the court at this point it would be a summons to attend a clerks magistrate hearing. As far as the civil demand letters go they always send these, but rarely are followed through by the companies.

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  2. Malosack Berjis

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    Answered . I'm going to edit the practice area of your post to "Criminal Defense" for better exposure.

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  3. Henry Lebensbaum

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    Answered . Waiting is though. There is no time limit. However, the longer the passage of time, the less likely charges will be filed, in my view.


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