Hillsboro, TN asked in Domestic Violence for Tennessee

Q: My ex boyfriend was charged with domestic abuse aggravated assault but I did not press charges do I have to go to court

I asked the cops to assist me in obtaining my possessions because my ex boyfriend refused to give them to me after an argument and he ended up leaving a bruise on my arm. I told 3 deputies I did not want charges pressed and I never did a statement or signed anything. They assisted me with getting my stuff and said I was free to go. He got arrested because he ran from the officers when they tried to talk to him and they charged him with domestic abuse aggravated assault. I never got anything saying I had to go to court but am I required to go and what will happen if I don’t go? It’s been 3 months and I already moved and don’t want anything to do with any of it.

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Cordova, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The state can decide to charge him whether or not you want to have him charged. If you are served with a summons, then yes you have to go to court. Although in my experience, if the victim refuses to show up at court, the court issue a bench warrant. However, it is very possible that the court might issue such a warrant. No attorney can tell you not to show up if you are served with a summons. If served with a summons, your best action is to go to court and tell your side of the story and leave it in the court's hands.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Cordova, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Just to follow up on my previous answer, a summons or a subpoena act in the same manner in such cases. Again, the best action is to show up at court if you are served with either a summons or subpoena.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: He is already charged with a Felony obviously. It is the State's case, not yours. If you do not show up to Court, then that is your business and decision. You probably do not know what actually happened here with the LEO's. The Defendant should not plead guilty to DV under any circumstances.

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