If a case on CCAP is listed as "filed only" what does this mean?

Asked about 1 year ago - Milwaukee, WI

There has been an investigation going on for about a month now. As of beginning of September, the DA still had no information. This past Friday, now a case is listed on CCAP as a filed only case. Does this mean the DA still has to review the case? The offender has not heard anything from anyone about a new case, new charges, or court dates.

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  1. Jeffrey J. Szczewski

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    Answered . It means that an initial appearance has not occurred yet, but a criminal complaint has been filed.

  2. Peter J. Heflin

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    Answered . It means the DA has reviewed the case and decided to issue charges by filing a criminal complaint. As the previous answer indicated, no appearance in court has taken place. The first appearance in court by a defendant in a criminal case is called the initial appearance, where the defendant is given a copy of the criminal complaint, informed of the charge(s) he faces and the maximum penalties for that/those charge(s), and the issue of bail is addressed. After the initial appearance, the entry on CCAP will change.

  3. A J. Williams

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    Answered . It means that the case is just filed. It hasn't had an initial appearance yet.

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