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Q: How do I drop a simple assault charge? Magistrate issued the warrant. Offender and I came to an agreement. In Virginia.

We had a disagreement. Had an exchange of ideas that resulted in her trying to hit me, but she never did touch me. I wasn’t going to do anything about it, but her boyfriend ended up hitting me a week later. I was upset and filed the charges on both of them with the magistrate. I still want to go... Read more »

Brandon Sloane
Brandon Sloane
answered on Apr 1, 2022

It’s actually a common misconception that people can “drop charges” in Virginia. Once the case has been initiated, it is up to the prosecutor how to proceed.

So, if you receive a subpoena to appear in court, it IS a court order that you can’t just disregard because you “don’t...
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