Q: How can I get charges dropped on a domestic violence case
Me and my boyfriend have been together for over a year now and have a daughter together we recently got in a heated argument and things got out of hand and he ended up slapping me and some of the neighbors and kids outside saw and called the police I don’t want to press charges I believe we can work through it and he has never done anything like this with me before. What do I need to do to get him out of jail or for the charges to be dropped? Our daughter is only 2 weeks old and needs her father.
A: The State controls the charging decision, not the victim, so you can make your feelings known however you do not get to "choose" what the State does.
If you want to help him, get him a lawyer who can plan a defense using your cooperation that is efficient and effective.
A good lawyer matters more in DV cases than other misdemeanors as DV is
a violent crime that affects your constitutional rights permanently.
Get a good local lawyer who knows your jurisdiction well.
Priscilla T. Upshaw agrees with this answer
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