Can I drop charges if I was a victim of battery? Is there anything at all I can do? I am a male?

The short answer to the question of whether a victim of battery can drop charges against the alleged perpetrator is no.

The legal process begins once the victim asserts a domestic violence charge. Often times the district attorney will not rely on recanted victim testimony once the charge has been brought. This is because domestic violence is a very serious offense and historically, victims have attempted to withdrawal charges out of fear of the abuser and doing so generally has had no effect on the fact that the abuse will most likely continue. Therefore, the state does not need the consent of the victim to continue to pursue a domestic violence charge. The law is indiscriminate in its reach and whether the victim is male or female has no bearing on his/her ability to stop a domestic violence case once it has begun. For more information on your options or possible outcomes, please do not hesitate to contact Simmons Law Practice.

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