Can someone still be convicted of a crime if the victem dies by suicide before trial?
An assault and battery charge and as a result of the crime, the victem took her life, would the suspect still be charged or would he go free?.
- ANDRE LLv 74 weeks agoBest answer
The later death of a victim only means that they cannot testify at a trial.
The charges would remain, and the defense would not have any opportunity to question the victim.
- KayleenRLv 74 weeks ago
yes he can still be charged
- babyboomer1001Lv 74 weeks ago
Yes, absolutely. No, he would definitely not go free.
- CliveLv 74 weeks ago
Of course. The only difference it makes is that the victim cannot be a witness at the trial. If there is other evidence, the trial can still go ahead.
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- xyzzyLv 74 weeks ago
Of course they can still be convicted. The death of a victim by suicide would have nothing to do with an assault charge.
- skeptikLv 74 weeks ago
The only way that would change anything is if the only evidence of the crime was the victim's testimony.
Any other testimony, or any non-testimonial evidence, and everything would move forward.
- StarryskyLv 74 weeks ago
Depends on local laws, and how high in the government the accused is.
- SaphiraLv 74 weeks ago
The suspect would still be charged. After all, he/she could kill again. Justice must be served.