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I want to drop charges of battery on my husband and his court

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I want to drop charges of battery on my husband and his court date is May 7th 2013. I have to meet with the State Attorney on May 2nd. My question is when I saw the case summary today it is not me vs. my husband, it is the state vs. my husband. Does this make a difference on whether or not I can drop charges?

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Hello again, Susan.

Yes, the fact that the docket report indicates the parties involve the state vs. your husband, that indicates that the prosecuting attorney has brought criminal charges against your husband and only they or the court can dismiss those charges, not you or me.

There is a spousal privilege that can prevent a prosecutor from compelling a spouse to testify against another spouse in some circumstances. However, under FL law, this privilege does not apply when one spouse is being criminally prosecuted for crimes against the other spouse, so the prosecutor could subpoena your testimony to compel you to testify against your spouse at trial.

They may decide not to once you discuss the situation with them, but it is ultimately up to the prosecutor whether to move forward with the case or dismiss it.

Here is a link to the FL code setting out the spousal privilege:

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your help. Not really what I wanted to hear due to the fact he had a mental breakdown that night. :( He is not a violent man. Any advice as to what I could say to persuade the state to drop the charges?

Hello again, Susan.

I'm very sorry to be the bearer of bad news. His attorney should normally be the one to persuade the prosecutor to drop the changes after reviewing the case, but you could indicate that your husband had a mental breakdown that night, had no previous history of violence, and that you will testify that you now believe he was not competent at the time.

However, what you say now should be consistent with your previous sworn statements or you could find yourself in trouble I'm afraid. If the prosecutor does not drop the charges though, he really needs to retain a local attorney to represent him.
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