He was charged with 1 felony kidnapping and 2 class 4 misd domestic battery. She made a report the next morning after I took her to the hospital. One was a written and 1 was video statement. She in still in the cycle of abuse and only weeks after the assault, he took her for a ride and threatened to run the car into a tree if she didn't agree to make the charges go away. He even drove over RR tracks with a train coming. She did fill out a report the next morning. The state is still pressing charges, but can she get in trouble for changing her story?
Interfering with a witness could be obstruction of justice. If your daughter was forced to change her story, she could inform the prosecution of the circumstances surrounding her change. If there are additional concerns, she might wish to speak privately with an attorney before speaking to the prosecution.
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Under these circumstances, I don't see how she can "get in trouble," since she recanted under threat of violence. I would encourage her to seek counseling, from the battered women's shelter in your area. Through counseling she may be able to confront the abuser and to go forward with the prosecution, while making sure she is protected as much as possible. I am not licensed to practice in Illinois, and I suggest you follow through with legal and counseling advice for her in your jurisdiction. Do everything you can to protect her and help her to stay safe and to recover.
Yes, she could be charged with Filing a False Police Report. However, she needs to tell the prosecutor all these things and the defendant could be charged with Retaliation. She needs to protect herself these are the kind of crazy people who will kill someone.
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