However, there will be cases occasionally where it is clear, prior to the collection and consideration of all the likely evidence, that the public interest does not require a prosecution.
In these cases, prosecutors may decide that the case should not proceed further.
No prospective immunity from criminal prosecution can ever be given and nothing in these guidelines should be read as suggesting otherwise.
In the majority of cases, prosecutors should only decide whether to prosecute after the investigation has been completed.
Prosecutors should make an initial assessment of the content of the communication and the conduct in question so as to distinguish between: Communications which may constitute threats of violence to the person or damage to property.Cases involving the sending of communications via social media are likely to benefit from early consultation between police and prosecutors, and the police are encouraged to contact the CPS at an early stage of the investigation.Top of page This Part addresses the offences commonly committed via social media and identifies four distinct categories of offences."Social media" commonly refers to the use of electronic devices to create, share or exchange information, ideas, pictures and videos with others via virtual communities and networks.For the purposes of these guidelines, this includes emails and texts and other forms of electronic communications.