CanIbe convictedof aggravated assault if the victim didn’t want to press charges or show up for court?

Asked on October 31, 2011 under Criminal Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you coud convicted of assult  under these circumstances.

First, the victim is not the party bringing the charges or seeking conviction: the state is. The victim is therefore not a party to the action, but is only a witness to it, in effect--indeed, the victim is often called a

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