Domestic Violence: Victims & Dismissal
Will my domestic violence case get dismissed if the victim does not testify?
Our Fulton and Cobb County offices in the Atlanta area get victims of domestic violence who appear with or for their partners every day asking us if the Defendant’s case will get dismissed if they tell the prosecutor they do not want to move forward with the case. The answer is, it depends.
If there were no other witnesses to the event and neither party makes any statements to the police, then without a victim’s cooperation, there generally is not enough evidence to move forward with your case. But if there are other witnesses, or the incident continues once police arrives, then even without the victim’s testimony, there may be enough evidence to move forward with prosecution. If you make a statement, they can use that statement against you and they will move forward with prosecution.
It’s not the victim’s choice.
It is not the choice of the victim as to whether a prosecutor moves forward with a case. It is the sole discretion of the prosecutor to make the determination of whether they have enough evidence to move forward with trial.
As in all cases, we believe that if you are being investigated for any crime in the state of Georgia, it is best to politely decline to answer any questions, decline to make any statements, and assert your right to an attorney immediately. Our office of attorneys are all well-trained in handling domestic violence cases. We can get you into our office for a free consultation immediately to discuss your options. Call us today at 404-581-0999.
by Ryan Walsh