Knoxville, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: Do I have to testify if I want to drop charges how do I do so it was for agg assault and kidnapping attempt on myself

This occurred in May between my unborn son father and myself. He was recently arrested! I have health issues! My sister recently passed away! I am just no longer wanting to pursue this charge against him! On a personal note I am on state probation for a situation that occurred back in 2014 I am five years into my 8 now and did not know if I could use that against me or force me to testify considering I’m a victim

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Cayley Turrin

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  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Just because you are on probation does not mean the state can force you to testify. The State can subpoena you to testify and you will have to comply with that. These are very serious charges and the State may still want to pursue it even without your cooperation. You can let the State's victim witness coordinator know that you don't want to pursue it though. The best thing you can do is hire him an attorney for his case.

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