Can the judge add additional charges to what the cop already stated?

My friend was charged with public intoxication, that was the only charge. I am wandering if the judge or prosecutor, the cop, or anyone else can now add on additional charges before/during/after his court date?

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  • 7 years ago
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    The judge NEVER adds charges, but the prosecutor can add additional charges at any time before the statute of limitations has run. Any additional charges would likely require an additional court date.

  • 7 years ago

    Before the court date the charges can be amended to include other offenses. Once the trial starts they would have to bring the charges as part of a separate indictment, and the new charges could not violate double jeopardy.

  • 7 years ago

    Absolutely. It is very common for additional charges before trial. You can even see additional charges filed after the trial (but not tried at the same time...too late for that) if the trial led to the discovery of prior illegal activity.

  • 7 years ago

    If that is the only charge then no its very doubtful any more will be added

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