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

Answers:

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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