Madison, MS asked in Criminal Law for Mississippi

Q: I have a question

Ok if the person that pressed the charges don’t show up what happens

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William Jaksa

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Toronto

A: There are many considerations... how was their evidence recorded? are they the only witness? were they properly subpoenaed? why are they not showing up? how serious are the charges? is there a possibility that they will be able to attend court on a different date?

Generally speaking, if the person that pressed the charges is not interested in participating in the prosecution then the Prosecutor needs to assess if they are moving forward with the case. You'll find that most prosecutors on minor charges when faced with witnesses that are reluctant to move forward with the case, will offer a sweet plea deal or withdraw the charges. This is, of course, depends on the prosecutor, the seriousness of the charges, and other variables. There is no hard and fast answer.

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