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Simply someone posting a question about certain crime, would not be sufficient grounds for the law enforcement agencies to start a criminal investigation.
Generally, there would have to be some sufficient actual facts and generally a complainant before a criminal investigation would be initiated.
Just because a person asking about certain crimes, penalties, etc...there would not be sufficient grounds for a valid assumption that the crime has been committed.
So they would not even look into that person's details or anything
Keep in mind that most law enforcement agencies are extremely busy investigating and pursuing real crimes and criminals
I know asking questions about a crime is not a criminal act, but does this not even interest law enforcement?
Not unless the topic involves terrorism or some other major crime that can pose a threat to national security of any given country.
it wouldn't be about terrorism.
so all in all law enforcement doesn't start investigations into questions about crimes unless they are terrorism related?
generally that is the case or unless there are some credible evidence / indication that the crime was in fact committed.
all there would be is just a general question.
I understand and such general question would not warrant a criminal investigation.
i have heard of probable cause, would that be a factor?
not at a point of a general question posted somewhere on the internet.
Probable cause means a finding based on some facts that it is likely that a crime had been comitted.
Do you have any related follow up question? Is this a hypothetical question or is this related to a real life situation?
just a couple of follow ups, if the crime being asked about was considered a felony would that be a factor?
unless the question is related to some specific known crime and offers some specifics
and also as justanswer is a forum for people asking questions about criminal laws they don't give out information on posters because of the questions they ask unless asked to by law enforcement? unless of course the terms of agreement are broken etc. is that correct?
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