What to do if I’m a witness/ victim in a malicious wounding case against my ex-girlfriend and don’t want to pursue any charges?

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What to do if I’m a witness/ victim in a malicious wounding case against my ex-girlfriend and don’t want to pursue any charges?

I was involved in a dispute with my ex-girlfriend and she cut me with a box cutter. It was in the heat of the moment as she found out I was cheating on her. Now we have a court date before a grand jury and I don’t want to pursue the matter any further, just want to go on with my life.

Asked on November 6, 2018 under Criminal Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that a victim is not in charge of whether or not criminal charges are pressed' it is a decision for the oprosecutor to make. If there is sufficient enough evidence, even without the victim's cooperation, the case can still move forward. This is especially true in domestic violence cases has the alleged assailant can many time intimidate or otherwise unduly influence the victim.

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that a victim is not in charge of whether or not criminal charges are pressed' it is a decision for the oprosecutor to make. If there is sufficient enough evidence, even without the victim's cooperation, the case can still move forward. This is especially true in domestic violence cases has the alleged assailant can many time intimidate or otherwise unduly influence the victim. 


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