How do I drop criminal charges? 2 Answers as of August 11, 2011

I pressed charges on my mother's husband the fourth of July weekend. The court date is tomorrow. The papers I received said the common wealth of PA against him. Can I still drop the charges?

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Law Offices of Sean Logue
Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
Yes. Write a letter to the D.A., and go to the preliminary hearing and tell the magistrate you wish to drop the charges.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 8/11/2011
Laguzzi Law, P.C.
Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
As you noted correctly, it is the Commonwealth's case, not yours. Therefore, only the prosecutor can drop the charges that were filed as a result of a police report (presumably that you made). You can make your wishes known to the DA, but in the end it is their decision as to what to do with their case.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 8/11/2011
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