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The DA dropped charges?
I filled battery charges against someone now I am having second thoughts about it what happens to that person if I dropped charges against that person before pretrial
Has the person been arrested?
Yes, but that person is already out and they went to court for a rearraignment
One thing you need to understand is that you cannot drop charges on your own. Once a person has been charged with a crime, only the DA can drop charges.
You can make your wishes known to the DA, but he/she does not have to follow them.
What if this is that person first crime?
That does not mean that the DA will drop charges because the victim asks him/her to. It does, however, mean that the defendant is likely to get probation.
What is probation?
Instead of going to jail, the person has to live by certain rules, like no alcohol, take anger management classes, do community service, and pay a fine. As long as the person follows the rules, he does not go to jail.
So if they person gets a lawyer most likely that person might get probation?
Most likely, yes.
Ok well thanks a lot this help a lot
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