Hit and run situation. young teen hits a car and one of the people dies. The teen leaves the scene. The teen is later found and the person that survives presses charges. Can the person who pressed charge change their mind at any time and drop the charges?
"Can the person who pressed charge change their mind at any time and drop the charges?" The person is not the plaintiff in the criminal law case. The state of WA is the plaintiff. The person has no legal authority to do anything to the case. The prosecutor is the one who decides whether to charge and whether to drop the charge.
"one of the people dies" means this is a very serious case.
Nobody in the legal system is going to cut the teen any slack.
The teen should be talking with the teen's attorney. The teen's family can help by hiring an attorney for the teen.
The State is the one pressing charges. Private citizens cannot press charges or drop them. This is NOT the type of case that is just going to go away. You need an attorney TODAY!
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