Can the Victim drop a Domestic Violence Case?
One of the first things that clients ask me if they have been arrested on a domestic violence case is: “How can I be prosecuted for a crime when the victim of the crime wants to have the charges dropped?” It is important to remember that when you are arrested for any crime the State of Florida is the opposing party in the legal proceeding. Therefore, the State of Florida and the prosecuting attorney are the only ones who can legally drop the case against you. In many cases the prosecutor will contact the victim and ask them what they would like to see happen in the criminal case. However, please keep in mind that even if the victim would like the charges dismissed and dropped the State of Florida has the power to continue with the case even when the victim of the case would like to see the charges dropped by the prosecution. This is why it is important to have experienced criminal defense attorney representing you on any domestic violence case. Please feel free to contact my office in Orlando, Florida if you have questions about your case. My office number is 407-415-9626.