A Compromise of Misdemeanor is a great vehicle to make certain types of crimes go away.
A Compromise of Misdemeanor is a payment in exchange for a dismissal.
I did something really stupid and was charged with a crime. Can I just pay the person back and make it go away?
The closest thing to being able to "make it go away" is what in Washington is called a Compromise of Misdemeanor. Upon the completion of a couple simple steps, it does end with the criminal case being dismissed.
The Compromise of Misdemeanor is a mechanism in our Criminal Code that allows us in most cases, excluding DUI and DV, to pay the willing victim back and compensate them for their cost and trouble. In essence, you (or your attorney) need to communicate with the victim in the crime (unless there is a No Contact Order or Condition of Release) and see if they are interested in such a resolution.
Three things must happen for this type of resolution to end in a dismissal.
1. The victim needs to agree and be supportive of such a resolution. The victim needs to fill out a Declaration stating that they have been "compensated" and made whole, and that they further agree that they waive all further civil remedies based on the alleged criminal act. Meaning - they need to agree that they give up their ability to sue the Defendant civilly at any point in the future.
2. Money, or something of value needs to change hands between the defendant and the victim. An attorney can and should act as a go-between.
3. Once the Declaration of the victim is filed with the Court, a Judge needs to sign an "Order on Compromise". This is the document that ultimately dismisses the case.
Once the "Order on Compromise" is signed, the case is over. At this point, the case will show as a Dismissal on your criminal history. So - aside from a Not Guilty verdict, this is as close as you can come to making a bad choice "go away."
This is not applicable to all cases, but certainly a large number can be handled this way. It is the resolution that probably produces the least amount of stress on the criminal defendant.
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