Can charges be dropped if an officer had his children with him at a crime scene?

Asked on June 12, 2012 under Criminal Law, Utah


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Charges are rarely dropped because extra people are at the crime scene, including relatives of an officer.  The only time that charges would be dropped is if the extra person (i.e. the child) did something that tainted the evidence which resulting in it being unusable and that evidence was the only evidence against you.  If the agency that the officer was working for has a department policy about family members being on scene, then the officer, could however, be subject to internal discipline for violation of that policy. 

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