Q: If a police report is taking a long time to become public, is that normally a good or bad thing?
My friend was arrested in February and they tell her that her police report isn't ready yet when she tried to get it. Is this a good or a bad typically?
A: In normal times that would be unusual, but the COVID shutdown means we are not in normal times. Your friend should have a private discussion with her criminal defense attorney about this issue.
Sorry, you may not like this answer but it the truth. As a former prosecutor, I can tell you that law enforcement is not under an obligation to turn over any materials until their investigation is complete and the prosecutor has made a decision on the case. I'm sorry to say it could be quite some time depending on the situation.
In terms of typically good or bad, it is impossible to say. Sometimes, it may just be sitting on an officer's desk waiting for someone to do the paperwork to either stop the investigation or to send it to the prosecutor. The officer may be waiting to collect other evidence.
Every situation is unique. One of the best things for a person under investigation to do is to seek legal advice from a competent attorney so they can better protect their rights BEFORE any potential criminal charges are filed. In this instance, being proactive is often rewarded.
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