How can I cancel a domestic violence report? I dont want to press charges and i dont want to have them arrested.

Hi I’m contacting you because I’m trying to
have a case dropped that involves domestic
violence I dant want the person arrested and I
dont want to press charges. I never told the
police that I wanted to press charges they
didnt bring it up to me.

Asked on September 18, 2019 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The fact is that it is up to the state and not the alleged victim whether or not to dismiss criminal charges. This is especially true in a domestic violence case as many victims are threatened or otherwise intimidated by the alleged abuser into requesting that charges be dropped. Accordingly, if there is other evidence besides the victim's testimony that is sufficient to obtain a conviction, then the case will go forward.

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The fact is that it is up to the state and not the alleged victim whether or not to dismiss criminal charges. This is especially true in a domestic violence case as many victims are threatened or otherwise intimidated by the alleged abuser into requesting that charges be dropped. Accordingly, if there is other evidence besides the victim's testimony that is sufficient to obtain a conviction, then the case will go forward.


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