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There are a lot of terms in the legal field. It can be hard not to feel intimidated and uncertain as you enter a legal process. One area that can be very confusing is how reported crimes are dealt with by police. 

You may have seen the phrase “cleared by charge” in descriptions of legal cases or lawyer’s websites. So, what does “cleared by charge” mean? 

A police investigation is complete only when it is “cleared.” Simple enough. There are two ways an investigation can be cleared, “by charge” or “otherwise.” If an investigation is not cleared, it means it has not been brought to an acceptable resolution.

So when an investigation is “cleared by charge,” it means police have completed their investigation by laying a charge against a suspect. “Cleared otherwise” means that the police were able to close the case but unable to lay a charge, for instance if the suspect was protected by diplomatic immunity.

The legal system is complicated and difficult to navigate. Armoured Suits can help you find your way through.  Contact us today to learn more.