How can I be charged if nobody presses charges?
It is a common misconception that a case will get dismissed if the person who originally reported the crime decides they do not want to press charges. This often happens in domestic violence situations. Specifically, when a spouse, significant other or roommate calls law enforcement to report a crime. Then later that individual decides that they do not want the suspect arrested to face any penalties for the charges reported. Or alternatively, the victim recants their statements essentially saying they made it up, or were lying. Unfortunately, by that time the state is in control and makes the decision to move forward with criminal charges.
A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help Reduce Potential Penalties Or Even Avoid A Conviction
When the alleged victim in a crime decides that they do not want the defendant to be punished or face criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can be a huge asset. As stated above, once a crime is reported, it is generally in the hands of law enforcement and the district attorney to decide whether or not criminal charges will be prosecuted. That does not mean that the voice of the victim is meaningless. It does mean however, that a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer needs to approach the situation in a specific manner. The attorneys at Anderson & O’Connell, S.C. have dealt with these situations in the past and have obtained the results our clients expect.
Are You Facing Domestic Violence Charges And Need Help?
A domestic violence conviction has significant consequences even beyond the immediate penalties imposed by the court. Finding a qualified defense attorney to represent you is imperative. Our attorneys know the law and how to properly defend against these types of charges. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.