how criminal cases start and prosecute

How Criminal Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

January 3, 2018

In Texas, a criminal investigation starts either by an individual filing a complaint about a crime or a crime occurring. If an individual files a police compliant, they allege someone committed a crime against them such as stalking or assault. The alleged victim may name the person they know or believed committed the crime. The police take the information given and investigate to determine if a crime was committed and/or who committed the crime.

The second way a police investigation starts is when they are called to a crime scene such as a death. The police are responsible for finding suspects who allegedly committed the crime based on their evidence. Remember, police aren’t a jury. They aren’t responsible for determining guilt. They are strictly responsible for finding the suspect.

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