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Can police press charges even if I don’t want them to?

NYC: I told them not to, but they are doing it anyway. Saying my boyfriend hit me and locked him for a day. Now we have to go to court. Can I just go to court and say it wasn't true. Or can we get around all of this and just get the charges dropped?


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    Edward D. Dowling IV | Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    132 Foxdale Lane
    Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    (631) 509-0662
    However, it is up to the prosecuting attorney as to whether he will drop the charges. The prosecutor does not have to drop them even though you do not want to have charges filed. You should hire an attorney and disclose all the facts and circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/27/2013
    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    You do not decide what happens and cannot "drop the charges' or not show up since the judge can hold you in contempt or issue a material witness order to pick you up and even hold you in jail until you testify in a serious case. If you say you lied as many women do the prosecutor will charge you with making a false police report or perjury. You should have his lawyer convey your wished to the prosecutor or retain a lawyer to handle it but lying is not the answer and it shows very bad decision making when a person tries to manipulate the system like that.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/26/2013
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