North Bergen, NJ asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey

Q: Can I drop a investigation for b & e

I had a family member Break into my home and steel stuff I called the police but know I don’t want the police to further investigate But I am scared of police Retaliation because I’ve had bad experiences

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H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You can't drop a police investigation, what you can do is tell them its a mistake if it was, but if they find that you are or did lie to a law enforcement officer you can get in trouble. I suggest that you setup a consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer to determine your best options but expect that lawyer to charge you for his/her time and advise.

Michael A. Smolensky
Michael A. Smolensky
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cinnaminson, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: In a situation like this where the question is about control, the police have it. Everyone knows they are accustomed to having it, which can be a problem for them when they do not live up to their responsibilities. As such, they are not expected to close the file on the investigation based on a request like this. Additionally, once law enforcement authorities develop suspicions about a person, it would be reasonable for the suspect to expect the authorities to use anything he/she says against him/her in court. And it’s all to easy to flip that switch. Seeking a private consultation with competent counsel might be worth the time and expense compared to the possible alternatives if you do get in trouble.

James A. Abate
James A. Abate
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Somerville, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The scope of the police investigation and whether they prosecute is not in your control. You can tell the Police you do not wish to see anything happen to the potential defendant. But if you start changing your story you could be charged with filing a false report.

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