Recently, law enforcement was investigating our client for allegedly filing a false police report. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office sent in a report to the State Attorney's Office known as a direct file. Law enforcement may choose to "direct file" a case when they are unsure if they have probable cause for an arrest. A direct file allows the State Attorney to determine if criminal charges should be filed. If the State Attorney decides to file charges, a court date will be set or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
One of the biggest mistakes we have seen in these types of cases is that some people do not hire an attorney when they are told that law enforcement has decided to direct file their case. If an attorney is not retained, you have no one to argue your case to the prosecutor to try and prevent charges from being filed. Often, we can provide additional evidence or information that prevents the State from filing charges. In the above case, we were able to provide information showing that the police report was not false and no charges were filed.