Piscataway, NJ asked in Domestic Violence for New Jersey

Q: How to get a domestic violence charge thrown out if the victim is willing to drop the charges?

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Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You need to each retain an experienced matrimonial attorney, with extensive domestic violence trial experience to handle this matter, otherwise there is no telling what could happen and it still may not end well without counsel. Do not let geographic restrictions get in the way of retaining the best attorney. Pick the best attorney you can find and remember one rule: a good attorney is generally never cheap, and a cheap attorney is generally never good so don't choose based on price.

Kristen Epifania
Kristen Epifania
Answered
  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: It is ultimately up to the District Attorney's Office if charges will be dropped, however an uncooperative victim certainly does impact their decision. The complainant should inform the DA that they do not wish to go forward, as well as speak with the defendant's attorney, who is in the best position to use the information to get a dismissal. If this is simply a criminal matter, you should speak with a criminal defense attorney about your specific case facts, and they can give you a better understanding of a likely outcome.

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