The State Attorney can drop the charges anytime it wants.
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Yes. The standard practice is for the State Attorney's Office to conduct pre-filing interviews of the witnesses to determine if the Office will move forward with prosecution. This is typically done before the arraignment. The State Attorney's Office may drop the case if, after talking to the witnesses or if witnesses fail to cooperate, it appear the case is weak or the Office does not believe it can move forward in good faith.
Prosecutors have the discretion to drop a case at any time, and have a duty to do so when they do not have evidence to support the charge.
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They can drop it at any stage.
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The DA is in the driver's seat. They can drop the charges at any time.
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The prosecutor does have that the ability to drop a case - and if the facts are week sometimes a good criminal attorney is able to convince the DA to drop the charges (or at least substantially reduce the cherges)
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We have State Attorneys in Florida, not District Attorneys. That said, they have the discretion to drop charges before Arraignment, at Arraignment or any time they choose, including in the middle of trial. If you have a good case that may be dismissed by the State, I suggest you hire a good lawyer to assist you with ensuring that it happens as soon as possible, to avoid putting you through more stress and aggravation with your case.
Best of luck!
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Sorry to chime in so late here but the State Attorney can drop the charges before, after or at the arraignment. There is a big difference in probable cause for the arrest, the standard needed to file the charges and actually proving the charge at trial. Good luck if this is your case!
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Yes. If the decision has been made to "no action" or "no info" the case during pre-file, the announcement will be made at arraignment.
If exculpatory evidence should surface in the future or the state has problems with witnesses, a case can be dismissed then.
The discovery process is crucial because it allows your attorney to take depositions of witnesses. Sometimes, a good deposition where a witness mades admissions that are beneficial to the defense's case can lead to the case being dismissed.
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