Can You Be Charged With A Crime in Ohio Without Knowing?
You would think you can’t be charged with a crime without knowing, but it happens all the time. Officers and prosecutors have a choice, in most cases, to file charges based on a warrant or on summons. Charges based on a warrant mean you are subject to arrest whereas charges on a summons give you the opportunity to appear in court. You can face criminal penalties without ever getting arrested. Police, prosecutors and courts handle certain types of cases differently, but they are required to inform you of the charges against you.