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Thank you for using Just Answer. I look forward to assisting you today.Since the state, through the prosecutor's office makes the decision whether to file charges against someone, yes, they really can decide to file charges regardless of whether a "victim" wants them to or not. An individual cannot actually press charges on their own (as is often portrayed in movies/television) -they can file a police report, but ultimately, the state files charges.That said, your father should be able to talk to the prosecutor's office and explain that any charges for things he bought for you/your family were authorized and not fraudulent, and he was not a victim in this case. Any fraudulent charges were made out of China instead. Alternatively, if they won't talk to your father, then your lawyer can have him sign an affidavit to this effect and take it to the prosecutor and try to get the case dismissed.A level 6 felony conviction for credit card fraud in Indiana is punishable by 6 months -2.5 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine. However, these are not mandatory sentences, meaning a judge has discretion in how they sentence a person who was convicted, and with no prior criminal record, I would think any sentence would be much less. It is even possible that a plea deal could be worked out to avoid jail time in lieu of probation to include things like restitution, a fine, and community service, for example. However, my hope -and what given the circumstances your lawyer should push for - is to have the charge dismissed entirely since you didn't steal anything. Your father willingly bought those things, and there was no intent to defraud him, and thus no crime.If you need clarification or additional information, please REPLY and I'm happy to assist further. Otherwise, kindly remember to leave a positive rating by clicking on the stars before you sign out, so I am credited for my time today. Thank you!
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