I pressed charges on my be for domestic violence, but it was a very big misunderstanding. I’m wondering what I can do to stop them from pressing charges?

He never actually hit me, he just ripped my shirt and
I ripped his. And I don’t want him to go to jail over
something so silly

Asked on August 30, 2016 under Criminal Law, Florida


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that as an alleged victim, you could only have filed a criminal complaint. Whether or not to press charges is up to the state. If there is other evidence to support a conviction, then the case will move forward (although your cooperation would make the case stronger). The fact is that in domestic violence matter, prosecutors are reluctanct to drop these cases, as they do not want an alleged abuser to feel that they can intimidate the alleged victim into dropping their complaint. 

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