How long does it take to get information on a charge?

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How long does it take to get information on a charge?

My friend was arrested for entering an auto (with intent of theft/felony, they said). The auto was a car that has been abandoned in my parking lot for over a year that he had entered to see if he could get some information about who it belonged to. The arresting officer said he was being arrested but not charged at the moment because they can’t get a hold of the car’s owner to find out if he wants to press charges. When we picked him up after he had been processed and bonded, they gave him an arrest report and said that he should hear something in 6 to 9 weeks. We’re not sure what to expect.

Asked on October 12, 2011 under Criminal Law, Georgia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Given the circumstances that you have written about, your friend may or may not ever be charged for entering an automobile with the intent to commit theft, a felony based upon what you have written. The reason is that based upon my experience, when law enforcement encounters someone doing a crime that could be deemed a felony, the person is typically arrested right away and not let go as in the situation you are writing about.

To be on the safe side, your friend would be wise to consult with a criminal defense attorney about the incident he was involved in in order to possibly get some quick resolution.

 


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