Can an offer of compromise prevent criminal proceedings?

Asked over 1 year ago - Long Beach, CA

In a civil lawsuit, can an offer of compromise to settle the case help prevent criminal proceedings resulting from any criminal activity that may have happened?

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  1. Robert Laurens Driessen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Possibly what you want to get is a civil compromise where the person agrees not to assist in a criminal case.
    Robert Driessen

    Mr. Driessen is a former Deputy DA in Orange County with over 8 years of criminal law experience. Nothing stated... more
  2. Michael Charles Doland

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . This is similar to your other question. You may wish to have a lawyer review your settlement agreement (a limited amount of legal work) to make sure your are not making legal "admissions", but as noted before, having turned down prosecution before, the DA is very, very unlikely to re-open.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  3. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi


    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . It could, but if they "victim" wants to press criminal charges even after the compromise, they can! Therefore, anything is still possible!

    Elliot Zarabi

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