What if I don’t show to court regarding a domestic violence case against my former fiance?

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What if I don’t show to court regarding a domestic violence case against my former fiance?

My ex-fiancé and I got into an altercation in which she tried grabbing my phone. I thought that she hit my daughter because she started crying while I was holding her, so I went downtown and pressed charges. However, after everything calmed down and I spoke to my daughter, she stated that she was just scared, as any 6 year would, and that my ex didn’t hit her. If I don’t show up to the intital court date will they drop the charges on my ex? I don’t want her charged for an anything.

Asked on September 3, 2017 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not ot drop charges is a matter for the D.A. to decide. Additionally, if there is other evidence to support a conviction, then the case may still go forward without your cooperation. Further, if you are subpeonoaed to court, that is a court order and if you fail to appear you can be fined (and possibly even jailed). Bottom line, the case will not automatically be dropped if you are a no-show and you can be get into trouble yourself.


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