one of my neighbors came on my property and stole some lumber. I have two witnesses that saw them do this. Why can I not press charges against them?
Typically, citizens do not get to choose when the government presses charges or not. You can report the theft to the police, but ultimately they do not always elect to pursue charges. If they do not elect to pursue charges, you cannot force them to, but you may be able to still seek court relief by filing a lawsuit. Depending on the value of the lumber stolen, you may be able to pursue relief in a small claims court.
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