What does it mean if I was arrested for simple assault but never went before a judge/jury and received paperwork stating my case was nolle prosequi?

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What does it mean if I was arrested for simple assault but never went before a judge/jury and received paperwork stating my case was nolle prosequi?

Asked on August 11, 2011 Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

This is Latin for "we shall no longer prosecute". In general this is an an entry made upon the records of a court when the plaintiff or prosecutor will proceed no further in a suit or action. Specifically, in a criminal case (like yours) it is a declaration made to the judge by a prosecutor either before or during trial, that the case against the defendant is being dropped. The statement is an admission that the charges cannot be proved based on the evidence or the prosecutor has become convinced that the accused is innocent. However, it does not operate as an acquittal (i.e. a finding of not guilty).


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