I pressed charges on a man for kidnapping me, bringing me to another state, assaulting me and forcing me into prostitution. I do not wish to go forward with the case. How do I go about getting charges dropped and the case dismissed. Or is it to late. This all happened in the state of New Jersey.
Once charges are filed against a person only the State through the prosecutor can drop the charges. You can ask the prosecutor to do this but generally they will not, and they will use your prior statements against him. The only thing you can do if you don't want the person to be found guilty is to help that person get the best criminal lawyer.
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You, yourself may not drop charges. Only the Prosecutor can request the a court Dismiss a case. If you decide to speak to the Prosecutor, he/she will want to know why you do not want to proceed. Be prepared to say why. Remember, you have previously provided information to law enforcement. You don't want to recant or change your statements if you, yourself, can then be charged with providing false information to a police officer or false swearing. Also, someone from the county Victim-Witness Unit or Prosecutor's Office may want to find out if you are being pressured by anyone to change your mind. However, if, in fact, you previously provided false information, you should correct it, but not without consulting with and retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The case is the state's now. these are very serious charges. You can recant but face charges yourself. They likely cannot prove the case without you so you may be able to influence what they do.
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