Phoenix, AZ asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Arizona

Q: I was a victim of an assault but I don’t want to press charges or have an investigation. Now a detective reached out.

The detective asked me to come in for a victim interview but I never knew there was a case or an investigation since I did not want to report anything.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: If you were a victim of an assault but do not wish to press charges or participate in an investigation, it's essential to communicate your decision clearly to the detective. You have the right to decline involvement in any criminal case.

You can politely inform the detective that you appreciate their concern but have decided not to pursue charges or cooperate in the investigation. It's crucial to be honest and straightforward about your choice.

However, keep in mind that the detective may still want to speak with you to gather information about the incident for their records or to ensure your safety. You can choose whether or not to participate in such an interview, and you are not obligated to provide any information if you are uncomfortable doing so.

Ultimately, it's your decision whether to engage with the detective or not. Be respectful but assertive in expressing your wishes, and remember that your well-being and comfort are important in this situation.

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