If a plaintiff doesn’t show up for court, do the charges get dropped?

Asked on November 17, 2014 under Criminal Law, Iowa


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

There is no "plaintiff" in a criminal case. Do mean if the victim, or person who first pressed charges or filed a police report (which person is more properly known as the "complaining witness"). Assuming that's who you mean, then his/her failure to show *may* lead to the charges being dismised "without prejudice," but they could be re-filed later; or the case might simply be adjourned (delayed) to a later date.

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