When a person reports an assault and the alleged aggressor is arrested and charged, the case automatically goes to the hands of a prosecutor. During these moments, a person can be feeling many different emotions, including anger, frustration, and confusion. In some cases, after reporting an assault, people regret it and want to drop their charges. The Farmington Hills assault and battery defense lawyers at Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law explain if a victim can drop assault charges in Michigan.
Who Can Drop Criminal Charges?
It is important to know that when a person reports an assault, they can’t simply drop criminal charges. The government or the office of district attorney, attorney general, or other authority is the one who has control over the charges. The office in charge is the one who decides whether the charges should be dropped. The alleged victim can choose to no longer participate in the case and request to drop the charges, but that doesn’t mean that the charges will be dropped.
In What Cases May a Prosecutor Drop Criminal Charges?
If the alleged victim refuses to cooperate with the prosecuting attorney, they may be forced to drop the charges. This will only happen if the case is heavily built around the victim and there is very little evidence. However, there are other cases when a prosecutor may drop charges.
Below are some of the reasons why the prosecutor may drop criminal charges:
- If new and credible witnesses have come to refute the current witnesses’ stories
- If the defense has enough evidence against the prosecution
- The physical evidence against the accused is weak
- If new evidence exonerates the accused
- The prosecution’s best evidence had been ruled inadmissible
Experienced Oakland County Assault & Battery Defense Lawyers!
If you face serious assault charges, it is vital to have an experienced attorney on your side. Even if the alleged victim falsely accused you of a crime, you need strong legal representation on your side. At Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law, I represent clients throughout Farmington Hills and surrounding areas get assault charges reduced or even dismissed. For nearly two decades, I’ve obtained desired results for our clients’ cases. I am ready to help you obtain the best possible results for your case.
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