Chicago, IL asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois

Q: Should I show up to the first hearing of a battery case if I don’t want to press charges?

I was a victim, I am a male, but I don’t want to press charges. I know the state can still prosecute her, but should I attend the first hearing or not attend.

I’m afraid they will see me showing up as a sign I want to pursue, when in actuality I love my girlfriend very much and this was an isolated incident.

The prosecution has already called me and I indicated I would not testify against her, and I am on her side no matter what. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

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1 Lawyer Answer
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: People miss court appearances frequently. If you are the offender and miss a court appearance, the Judge will most like issue a warrant for your arrest.

If you are the victim, and miss a court appearance, there is a good chance the judge will just dismiss the case.

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