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Can an alleged victim drop domestic violence charges?

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2022 | Domestic Violence |

Domestic violence matters are often highly emotional situations. They may stem from an argument that got out of hand. In some cases, they’re due to a misunderstanding. All it takes is a loud altercation, a couple of pushes or a shove and a call to the police for someone to end up in handcuffs over a domestic violence charge.

These cases can often hinge on the alleged victim’s testimony about what happened. Some people may assume that the victim can opt to drop the charges, but this isn’t the case. Only the prosecutor or the court can choose to drop the charges. 

What happens if you make up with the alleged victim?

Domestic violence charges often come with the issuance of a protective order that would prevent the defendant from contacting or going around the victim. Because of this, making up is often impossible because complying with the restraining order is crucial. You can face more charges if you defy the order to talk to your alleged victim. 

In any case, making up with the victim likely won’t impact the case against you. This is especially true if the prosecution has other evidence against you that they can use. In addition, the alleged victim can face legal issues if they defy court orders. This means that if they’re subpoenaed to show up for court, they must do that. If they refuse to testify against you, there’s a chance that they’ll have to face legal consequences of their own.

If you’re facing domestic violence charges, you should learn your options for a robust defense strategy. 


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