Q: What happens if the victim wants the charges dropped?
Just because the victim wants the charges dropped does not mean the prosecutor will dismiss your case. Rarely, if ever, will the prosecutor dismiss a case simply because the victim wants the charges dropped. This is because the prosecutor does not represent the victim, but instead represents the state of Arizona and its community members. The prosecutor is an agent of law enforcement and has an overarching duty to ensure justice and protection to the community regardless of the victim’s wishes. In addition, the prosecutor has a number of tools it can utilize to proceed with trial even if the victim has become uncooperative.
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