Contact the prosecutor on the case immediately and discuss all this. While it is a crime against the public, your compassion is a factor. If the prosecutor persists, write to the judge and anyone else involved in the sentencing and voice your position. Appear at sentencing as well. It's a lot of work, especially for the victim, but if even one of these kids has his future altered for the better from your efforts, it is an immeasurable reward.
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Let the judge's who have experience dealing with these types of cases sentence the youths. The myths will have their own lawyers and you can the DA and corporation counsel a victim impact statement and your recommendation. Dropping the charges in all likelihood will give the yoths the courage to continue doing to others what they did to you.
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Talk to the prosecutor. A Probation Officer will likely contact you and you can make your feelings known.
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The Judge will often allow you to make a statement at the time of sentencing. The prosecutor will often consult you with any offers that they give to the defendants. You will have the opportunity to have some say. However, your decision is not controlling.
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