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I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.
Did the RCMP talk about charging your friend?
So she has been told the law.
What I can tell you that is clear here is that someone is going to face serious criminal charges. If she persists in saying that she lied to the police there is little possibility that the police will believe her and withdraw all these charges. And frankly, there is no possibility that they will do this and forget the matter. She will be charged with public mischief and end up with a criminal record.
So she had better find some way to borrow money or pay her own lawyer by credit card because she is taking very dangerous steps here. The criminal system does not allow the victim or alleged victim to simply change her mind and take back some very, very serious allegations. If she made these up she is in serious trouble frankly, and if she did not she is going to be harming herself but won't be assisting the person she made the report about.
Do you see what I mean?She has involved the police and she is now immersed in a serious system that can result in dire consequences one way or the other.
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I don't see how they would charge based on allegations made by someone who is angry.I don't know what you mean when you ask if the defence lawyer should be told.
It could help the accused andcould harm your friend.