How can I get a domestic violence charge dropped?

If I retract my statement in a domestic strangulation case where I was never actually strangled is that enough to get the case dropped?

Asked on August 2, 2010 under Criminal Law, Minnesota

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Maybe.  Maybe not.  But I would be more fearful of your being charged with false reporting of a crime.  That can be a very dangerous thing for you.  Domestic violence is a very delicate matter and often those that are involved in violent relationships recant their testimony when the heat of the situation dissipates.  But the threat of violence never really goes away.  I urge you to seek help with your situation and to get some counseling about everything that is going on, both emotional and legal, before you decide to recant your story.  It may be a difficult road in the beginning but things will get better. Good luck.


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