Seattle, WA asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington

Q: What happens if the police knowingly leave out crucial information from a police report?

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2 Lawyer Answers
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Moses Lake, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: You don't have the ability to ask or compel the police to include or exclude anything from a report, all you can do is collect all the information available from whatever source you can and then if it is relevant to your situation and defense then you hire an attorney to present this evidence to the jury. If there is a way to show that the police forgot or didn't include important or crucial information in their report then that will make them less credible with the Jury. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith
PREMIUM
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Unfortunately, police investigations and the subsequent reports generated can be woefully inaccurate and mischaracterize the information given to them by the involved parties. Omitting important information can be used as a strategy by your defense attorney to question the credibility of the Officers and secure a dismissal or other positive outcome on the criminal case.

The defendant needs to consult with a criminal defense attorney. The defendant should NOT speak to the police about this matter or any other issues.

Nadine Bertman agrees with this answer

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