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Can an offer of compromise prevent criminal proceedings?

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

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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 analyse this matter differently, especially if there are additional facts not reflected in the question. I am not your attorney until retained by a written retainer agreement signed by both of us. I am only licensed in California. See also terms and conditions item 9, incorporated as if it was reprinted here.


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

Elliot Zarabi