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    Default Charges Dropped Without Notice to Victim

    My question involves police conduct in the State of: CA

    A felony DV charge was dropped less than ten days after the perpetrator was released on bail. The victim was not ever notified about anything...not for questioning or seeking additional evidence or even to inform the charges were dropped or why.

    How does this happen? What could have happened?

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    Default Re: Why Da Drops Charges W/O Contacting Victim

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    My question involves police conduct in the State of: CA

    A felony DV charge was dropped less than ten days after the perpetrator was released on bail. The victim was not ever notified about anything...not for questioning or seeking additional evidence or even to inform the charges were dropped or why.

    How does this happen? What could have happened?
    First, how do you KNOW he "dropped" the charges?

    Second, all because he did not file yet it does not mean he WILL NOT file.

    There could be a number of reasons why he has not yet pursued it. I'm curious how you know the DA actually dropped it since they don't usually broadcast that fact. It could be he did not file initially because he wanted additional information - perhaps medical reports of any injuries you had (if any), or additional statements from witnesses.

    The best way for you to know why whatever happened happened would be to phone the DA's office and ask. You might also go through your local DV or victim/witness advocate.
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    Default Re: Why Da Drops Charges W/O Contacting Victim

    Maybe the agency intervened to stop it.

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    Maybe the agency intervened to stop it.
    Unless the agency uncovered info that indicated the victim lied or the suspect was framed, I doubt the agency would try and stop anything. Even if such evidence arose, the way to handle it would be to forward the additional info to the DA and allow them to deal with it. Stopping it would be a wee bit outside their capability.
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    Default Re: Why Da Drops Charges W/O Contacting Victim

    shh...cdw...posting history...

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    Default Re: Why Da Drops Charges W/O Contacting Victim

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    shh...cdw...posting history...
    And to think...I was so close to trying to add to the possibilities.

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    Default Re: Why Da Drops Charges W/O Contacting Victim

    The possibilities are nearly endless - including the possibility that the OP was mistaken as to the charges being "dropped." More often than not, they are not dropped so much as not yet filed. Until the DA can proceed to trial with evidence sufficient to likely get a conviction, they are not likely to start proceedings and thu put them under potential speedy trial rules which could force them to move sooner than they would like.
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    Default Re: Why Da Drops Charges W/O Contacting Victim

    Notifying a victim that charges are being dropped may not always be required, but doing so is certainly good policy and good politics. Remember this come election time.

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