A female friend of mine and a lot of her friends are concerned and have some suspicion about a guy she is dating. We decided to do a criminal background check on this guy and found out that in 2003 his ex wife had filed several charges against him which included 2 telephone calls to harass, criminal trespass 2nd degree, harassment in person and in 2005 assault 4th degree and a protection order violation which all of these charges were dismissed or dismissed with prejudice. I know that you may not be able to give an accurate answer, but any idea why all these charges would be dismissed or could it just that his ex wife for some reason did not show up on the court date or did he just happen to have a better attorney.
There's no general answer to this question, there are literally thousands of reasons why these cases might be dismissed. But it's worth noting that a large number of DV cases are based upon malicious 911 calls designed to get a party arrested as a result of the "mandatory arrest" provisions of the law in this area. Many people have been known to abuse this provision and use it to harass innocent victims. So it's not surprising to me to see a DV case dismissed, it happens more often you'd expect, primarily because of the large number of meritless arrests that result in meritless prosecutions. Once the prosecutor finds out he's been used to further someone's personal agenda, a dismissal is not unusual.
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