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im in arizona, should police have taken pictures and collected evidence for dv assault with minor injurys on dv case against two brothers
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Criminal Lawyer: Michael Foley, Lawyer replied 11 years ago
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picture are commonly taken following a DV call in order to preserve evidence since cuts and bruises are temporary in nature. Even if the case gets dismissed (as is common in many DV situations), the evidence must be preserved just in case.
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Reply to Michael Foley's Post: can u please be more specific
Criminal Lawyer: Michael Foley, Lawyer replied 11 years ago

I'll try:

In a common domestic violence case, there is a fight, punches are thrown, there are black eyes, scratches, cuts, etc. If the police respond, it is often a he said/she said situation, so photos are taken and investigation is done. IF charges are warranted, then an arrest is made, but since most DV victims don't want to testify, they want to forgive and forget, cases are often dismissed. Still, if multiple calls are made, then the police want to have a record of past complaints in case it gets worse - escalates to weapons, serious injury, etc.

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