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QLD Criminal Law - Do I Need Proof to Press Charges?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Dwayne Harry, 5 February 2016.

  1. Dwayne Harry

    Dwayne Harry Well-Known Member

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    I have had an extremely serious crime committed against me and have been waiting for my Lawyer to obtain documents prior to pressing charges. Unfortunately, this seems to be taking forever.

    Under Criminal Law, should I press charges without absolute proof of the person that committed the crime, however, I am 100% certain of who it is?

    Do the police have to investigate regardless of the lack of evidence from myself?
     
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    There are way too many unknowns here, but generally speaking, the police won't press charges unless they believe the evidence is persuasive enough to lead to a prosecution.

    An individual can't press charges for criminal matters. They can file a complaint with the relevant authority and then that authority will investigate and decide whether or not the evidence is sufficient enough to prove a crime has occurred such that it would lead to a prosecution.
     
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