I was arrested for domestic violence misdemeanor on police report but no charges were brought from the state. Does that mean I was never charged for the crime?

I was arrested for Domestic Violence misdemeanor, released on my own recognizance
and had a pretrial release for a few weeks before being told the state was not
pursuing charges and the case was over. Since then I have the arrest record
expunged, but does that mean I was charged and they were dismissed? Or that I was
never charged?

Asked on July 23, 2018 under Criminal Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If you had a "pretrial release," you were charged--a trial would not be set up or pending if there were no charges (you only need a trial if you were charged); therefore, you would not have had a trial upcoming, and so no pretrial release, without charges being filed against you.
If they then said they were not "pursuing" charges, that means they dismissed them--not that you were never charged in the first place.

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