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If the police arrive on a scene after an incident but they let you go with no arrest or anything can someone still press charges on you or would it have had to happen the night the police where there?
Answer . It's difficult to answer without the full facts of what took place, but the answer is a general yes. An example would be if the Police arrived at an incident wh…ere a car window had been smashed. No one at the time knew who had done it but two people were stopped nearby and their details taken. The following morning one of the neighbors states that she was looking out her window and saw a person, the description of which matched one of those stopped the previous night, smash the window. That person would likely now be traced, arrested, and interviewed in relation to the event.. More on this question . Investigation is just that, the police get as much information as possible at the scene and interview witnesses. That information is then gathered, verified and acted upon. That may take hours or weeks but the results are the same, if you were involved, you can be charged.. Another Answer . You can be arrested and charged any time after an incident up to the expiration of the Statute of Limitations for the offense.. Yes. If They have evidence. In Tennessee a law enforcement officer cannot make an arrest on a misdemeanor unless the crime is witnessed by the officer. A citizen may go to the court house and swear out a warrant on that person for the crime or a crime. . This is reviewed by a magistrate and must be sworn to. So in TN anyone can swear out a warrant. Once that warrant is issued the subject of that warrant will be arrested and processed into the system. Technically only the state can prosecute someone for a crime.. An example would be a vandalism call and upon arrival the complainant shows a broken window. The complainant says she saw Bob the neighbor do it and Bob the neighbor says he did not break the window. The cost of the window is under 500 dollars so in TN it is considered a misdemeanor. The Officer takes a vandalism report and the complainant is free to swear out a warrant. ( Full Answer )