Salt Lake City, UT asked in Criminal Law for Utah

Q: My boyfriend was charged with kidnapping me do I as the victim have any rights to drop the charges?

I got in the vehicle willingly thinking I was going to work, once I was in he peeled out of the driveway and began driving recklessly going up through the canyons saying he was being chased. This was a result of meth which I did not know he had taken at the time. After he had began to act this way I started to scream to be let out, he refused to let me out, finally after 30 mins or so of me screaming he slowed the car and went to the side of the road where I jumped out.

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Michael S. Edwards
Michael S. Edwards
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Layton, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: As the victim in that case, you have the right to give your input to the prosecutor, to attend all court hearings, and to tell the judge in the case your feelings about the case at sentencing. But once you reported the matter to the police, you no longer have the power to be the deciding factor in what happens with the case. That is up to the prosecuting attorney's exercise of his or her discretion. Now, a smart and good prosecutor will consider your input, and it will influence his or her decision. But you do not get to decide things on your own. Good luck!

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • St. George, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: Once charges have been filed you cannot have them dismissed.

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