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Thank you for using Just Answer. I look forward to assisting you.A private citizen cannot press charges. Only the government, through a prosecutor's office, may file criminal charges against someone. A prosecutor does not need the consent of an alleged victim to file charges. Even where a person does not wish to prosecute, if a prosecutor believes that a crime has been committed and that there is enough for a conviction, they are permitted to file charges.Please remember to kindly leave a positive rating for me by clicking on the stars, as that is the only way experts are paid for their time even though you may have already paid a deposit to the site. Follow-up questions asked in this thread do not cost anything additional after leaving a positive rating.If you need clarification about my answer or additional information, please use the SEND or REPLY button to continue our conversation. Your satisfaction is my goal and I am here to help!