What can I do if I want to drop charges against someone?

I recently had a bad situation with a significant other. The significant other was under the influence of alcohol at the time. There were bad dcima made and I panicked. I want to drop the charges. I know that is ultimately the court’s decision but I’d like to attempt to convince them to not follow through.

Asked on August 29, 2017 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

As you are aware, whether or not to drop criminal charges is up to the prosecutor. If there is enough other evidence sufficient to support a conviction, then the case will go forward. The fact is that many times victims in these type cases (i.e. domestic violence) are intimidated and threatened into not cooperating with the state, therefore such charges are not only reluctantly dropped by the DA's office.


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