Greeneville, TN asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee

Q: If I don’t go to court will aggravated domestic assault be dropped? I’m the victim

I called the police to supervise while I got my stuff and left after a fight with my boyfriend. I failed to mention the part where I attacked him verbally and threw something at him. He choked me for a few seconds and there were scratch marks. I also had a black eye from his elbow. I said it had happened before but didn’t mention I verbally provoked and threw things first in those too. He got charged with domestic aggravated assault class D and C. If I don’t show up will the charges be dropped? Can I recant my statement or will I get in trouble for not telling the whole truth? And can they convict on my statement alone? I never intended on him getting arrested I thought they would just stay with him while I got my stuff and our daughter and left. Lastly is it better for me to not show up at all or to show up and aid his defense team? I feel the charges are exaggerated and need to know how to best aid him. Thank you

2 Lawyer Answers
Cayley Turrin
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Cayley Turrin
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Once charges have been pressed it is up to the district attorney. If you are subpoenaed you need to appear in court.

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

A: This is a public forum, so do not talk about this again. Hire a lawyer to represent you and explain to you the consequences of your actions. Domestic Assault of any variety is a very serious crime.

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