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    tommichaels Guest

    assault charge-no witnesses

    What is the name of your state? MD

    I am in a room alone with a teenager...we exchange strong words...he later says I pushed him...no physical damages...no witness...is this just his word against mine??

    Can he stll file charges??

    Arrested?? Go to trial??

    tm
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    BelizeBreeze is offline Senior Member
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    Can he stll file charges??
    Yes

    Arrested??
    Yes

    Go to trial??
    Yes
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    tommichaels Guest
    So you are saying that I could go to the police....claim I've been pushed...and based on MY word have a person arrested??

    That doesn't sound fair!!

    t
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    CdwJava is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommichaels
    So you are saying that I could go to the police....claim I've been pushed...and based on MY word have a person arrested??

    That doesn't sound fair!!

    t
    You can claim he assaulted you, and depending on the laws in your state, you may even be able to get him arrested ... maybe. But, proving it in court is real iffy.

    In CA you could make a 'private person's arrest' (aka a citizen's arrest) and the police would have to accept it. But, they would have the option of citing and releasing the suspect as opposed to jailing him. I am sure MD has something similar.

    It may not be fair, but it's possible. However, if the event is in the past, then the chances of arrest drop precipitously.

    - Carl
    A Nor Cal Cop Sergeant

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    And a croissant!"

    Seek justice,
    Love mercy,
    Walk humbly with your God

    -- Courageous, by Casting Crowns ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkM-gDcmJeM

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