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What does it mean that a criminal case has been dismissed? Does it mean that person was still charged with a crime?


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by loz:
What does it mean that a criminal case has been dismissed? Does it mean that person was still charged with a crime?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

My response:

Yes, in order to get to the point where a "charge" or an indictment is "dismissed", then a person would have had to have been arrested and charged with that crime. When a case, either Civil or Criminal is dismissed, it's usually over. There are exceptions, like if a case is dismissed "without prejudice", such case or charge can then be refiled once stronger evidence is found. If a case is dismissed "with prejudice", it's over forever. If your case was "dismissed with prejudice", the records are then sealed and you never have to admit that you were arrested and charged. All because the government and the "people" could not prove their case against you, does not mean that you should live with a "blot" on your personal record. Only when you are found guilty by a judge or jury, or if you plead guilty, or plead Nolo Contendere, does such
remain on your record for the world to see.


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