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Under the law, a victim has no authority to drop the charges. Most people believe that victims of crime issue the charges. This is wrong. Crimes are governed by the State, and it's the State that issues criminal charges, not the victim.
In other words, since you didn't issue the charge, you cannot drop the charge. Therefore it's the State (and in particular, the Prosecutor's Office) who will decide whether to move forward with the case or drop the charges.
As far as charging goes, you have no power over the District/State Attorney's (prosecutor's) office. At best, ***** ***** talk to someone in that office about what your desires are, and they may influence how hard they want to press this. However, prosecutors are used to this, and most chalk it up to fear on the part of the victim, especially if the case seems strong. For that reason, don't expect the prosecutors to just do what you want them to do. Their decision is most likely to be based on the strength of the overall case and the evidence.
It's generally not a good idea to recant unless you have actually lied to authorities. Recanting won't necessarily force the State to drop the case, since the state can still prosecute the case using police reports, photographs, and other evidence. Also, if you recant, you could face criminal charges for falsifying information to law enforcement authorities and the court.
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