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What does nolle prossed mean in Florida?

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LARC - PETIT THEFT 2ND DEGREE 1ST OFFENSE
CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPON-FIREARM
POSSESSION OF WEAPON OR AMMO BY FLA DELINQUENT ADULT FELONY
EVIDENCE-DESTROYING TAMPER WITH OR FABRICATE PHYSICAL

Had a bench warrant issued, but the warrant can no longer be found.

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  1. This simply means the State dropped a charge or decided not to file a charge.


  2. It's Latin and often translated into English as "to be unwilling to prosecute." It means there was a charge filed, but the State elected not to proceed further.

    It is different than dismissal, but often the practical effects are the same. In certain circumstances, the State could resume or re-file the charge, but that is quite rare.


  3. Those words are the sweetest words a person can hear, besides their own name.

    It is Latin for 'we go no further' or 'we no longer prosecute.'

    Legally, this means your charges are dropped!

    The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the educated opinion of the author. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. The response given is based upon the limited facts provided by the person asking the question. To the extent additional or different facts exist, the response might possibly change. Attorney is licensed to practice law only in the State of Florida. Responses are based solely on Florida law unless stated otherwise.


  4. It means the State Attorney's Office dropped some or all of the criminal charges. The reason why is not specifically known based on the information here. It could have been dropped for any number of reasons. Crimes should be taken seriously and so a nolle pros is a favorable outcome for a defendant, as long as the charges don't get re-filed.

    This is not to be considered legal advice nor does an attorney-client relationship exist.

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