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The DA has the final say on whether to prosecute charges or not. Its known as prosecutorial discretion. SO the prosecutor will decide not only when to charge a case, but also if and when to drop it.
That said, the prosecutor is an elected official and mindful of the many factors that surround a criminal case, including the desires of the victim of the case. If the victim notifies the prosecutor that he or she no longer wants to "press charges" and does not want to assist in the prosecution of the case, in some cases the prosecutor will use this to drop the charges.
I say in some cases, since in the end its up to the prosecutor, and sometimes they will press on despite the desires of the complaining witnesses. This is particularly true in cases of domestic violence
and other "hot button" issues in that particular jurisdiction.
SO, is it too late for the victim to ask for the charges to be dropped? NO. But understand that the decision is up the the prosecutor, not the victim.
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