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What is a criminal complaint?

A complaint is a type of formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal causes that the plaintiff or filing party know to be sufficient to back up his/her claims against the party that the complaint is about or the defendant. In some states, specific types of criminal cases are also done by filing a complaint that is sometimes called criminal complaint or felony complaint. All criminal cases are prosecuted in the name of governmental authority that make known criminal statutes and enforces the police power of the state involved while seeking criminal sanctions. In the United States, the criminal complaint is often associated with misdemeanor criminal charges and do not need a grand jury.

In the state of Florida, how would a person file a criminal complaint for felony theft in Broward County?

The person would need to contact the Office of the State Attorney in Broward County and file a criminal complaint. The contact information is as follows, Broward County Courthouse, 201 Southeast 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. Once a person does this then the DA will take over and investigate and set a court date.

If no charges have been filed, how would a person drop a criminal complaint that he/she filed?

The person would need to contact the DA and send them a written notice that they would like to drop the complaint. The DA may not drop the complaint if they have classified the complaint as a domestic violence type situation. The person would need to contact the agency in which he/she filed the complaint and file and withdraw of the complaint. If the DA has filed charges, then the person would have to sign an affidavit stating he/she would like to drop the charges.

In the state of Massachusetts, would a person need to get a lawyer if he/she received a criminal complaint in the mail charging them with child endangerment and open container, but was cleared through DFS?

The state of Massachusetts is cracking down on child endangerment; therefore it may be in the person’s best interest to hire an attorney to represent them or tell the court at his/her arraignment, that he/she can’t afford an attorney and have one appointed to him/her by the court. The fact that the person was cleared through DFS may very well help the person with the child endangerment charges.

How would a person file a federal criminal complaint, would the person just go to the court house and file it?

A person cannot file a federal criminal complaint through the court systems without an agent acting for him/her. The person would need to get a hold of the police and the FBI in the area and file the complaint through them. The FBI and police will investigate the criminal complaint and determine if there are charges to be pressed and then contact the person to proceed.

When a person needs to file a criminal complaint, he/she needs to seek advice on how to do this. There are several areas that cover criminal complaints in many states and when a person is faced with any type of criminal complaint, he/she may have questions that they need answered. The person would need to contact an Expert to gain the answers and advice that they need to deal with a criminal complaint.
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