Why would charges be lowered after an arrest?

Asked on September 20, 2010 under Criminal Law, North Carolina


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The burden of proof that the police officers need to arrest a party is different from what may be needed for a prosecutor to indict a party for a crime.  It also may be that there was some bargaining involved in the matter between the arrested person's attorney and the prosecutor to have him plead to a lesser charge in exchange for something like information or entering in to a rehab program, etc.   There really could be a number of reasons and it is difficult to try and figure out an answer here with the information provided. Perhaps it would be a good idea to speak with a criminal defense attorney in your area.  Good luck.

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