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Hello - I live in California. I recently witnessed an incident

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I live in California. I recently witnessed an incident that took place in the street in front of my home during a visit from the sheriff's dept. captain, his lieutenant, the town manager and the deputy town manager. A deputy requested a statement from me and I learned real quickly that the captain of the sheriff's department wasn't pleased with my statement as it conflicted with his claim that somebody tried to run him over with a motorcycle. I've learned that the biker has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer. It's been a week and I thought the biker's attorney would surely have contacted me by now to discuss my statement. I contacted the sheriff's department and requested a copy of my statement but they said I could not see it. Is there any way at all to see what was attributed to me in the statement?

Police reports become a matter of public record if charges are formally filed against the accused. This does not happen upon the police department making an arrest, it happens upon the prosecuting attorney making a formal filing decision. If the prosecutor's office files charges against this person, your statement then becomes a matter of public record and you could then get a copy.


As to the biker's attorney, I would suggest that there are several possibilities. For one, it is certainly possible that the biker has not yet obtained an attorney. If he has obtained an attorney, the attorney may still be waiting to see what charges, if any, the prosecutor files. Additionally, he may want to review the entirety of the evidence before contacting any witnesses. Further, some attorneys do not contact witnesses directly and, instead, only speak with witnesses at depositions.

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