How long does it take a DA to decide if they will move forward with an assault case?

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How long does it take a DA to decide if they will move forward with an assault case?

My ex and I got into an altercation almost a week ago and I called the police after
he struck me. I called the DA today to see what the status was and they told me
they already rejected the case. I also went to the PD yesterday to obtain the police
record but they had told me that it was still unavailable. Does this seem right?

Asked on November 21, 2017 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no answer to this other than "it depends." The law does not specify a time frame: every DA's office, and every Assistant District Attorney or full District Attorney in one, has his or her own way of working and could reject any given case whenever they want: either immediately, if on first glance they feel it's not a good case, or after investigation. 


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