As the ictim, can I drop charges of assault with no repercussions?

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As the ictim, can I drop charges of assault with no repercussions?

Asked on May 29, 2012 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

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Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

When criminal charges are filed, as a victim in a case, you can request that the prosecution drop the criminal charges, but you must be mindful that the prosecution can still proceed with the case despite your objections/ desire not to prosecute. They can do so by either 1) forcing you to testify at trial by subpoenaing you to testify; or 2) proceed on alternative evidence other than your testimony alone such as other witnesses to the incident in question or other physical/circumstantial evidence they may have to seek prosecution.


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