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    Default Can the Victim Drop an Attempted Murder Charge

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Pennsylvania

    Hypothetically speaking, say I'm assaulted and left for dead, recover and point out my assailant. After 2-3 years, if the trail hasn't gone to court, but I get updates that the defendant has had a change of soul, and I feel they're truly repentant of their crimes against me, can I drop charges? Or does my state still pursue said charges?

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    Default Re: Can the Victim Drop an Attempted Murder Charge

    It is entirely up to the DA whether to pursue charges or not. He may or may not take your wishes into consideration, but it is not your opt.

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    Default Re: Can the Victim Drop an Attempted Murder Charge

    The state prosecutes criminal charges, not the victim. You can express your preference to the prosecutor. For that type of offense, I would expect the prosecutor to continue the prosecution.

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    Default Re: Can the Victim Drop an Attempted Murder Charge

    You need to realize a person facing these charges has everything to gain by convincing you he or she has changed. You have to go by how they live,their life day by day for an extended time frame. Even if they have changed, they are still responsible for their actions in the past. If they have had a true change in their soul they realize that and have accepted they may have to pay for their past crime

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    Default Re: Can the Victim Drop an Attempted Murder Charge

    No way a charge like that is dropped based on the victim's wishes.

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    Default Re: Can the Victim Drop an Attempted Murder Charge

    No DA would just drop the charges in a case like this. The only thing the DA would do is offer a plea-deal with no jail time and a very little fine to close the case.

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    Default Re: Can the Victim Drop an Attempted Murder Charge

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    The only thing the DA would do is offer a plea-deal with no jail time and a very little fine...

    I think that is a highly unlikely outcome considering the severity of the charge.

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    I think that is a highly unlikely outcome considering the severity of the charge.
    Why? The victim spoke with the DA and.told them he has a change of heart and will not testefy in court. How else is the DA going to prosecute with no witnesses?

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    Why? The victim spoke with the DA and.told them he has a change of heart and will not testefy in court. How else is the DA going to prosecute with no witnesses?
    What makes you think there are no witnesses? The victim can still be subpoenaed. When you're brought before the court, except for certain limited circumstances, you don't get the option to not testify.
    It's not clear that there isn't additional evidence here anyhow.

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    What makes you think there are no witnesses? The victim can still be subpoenaed. When you're brought before the court, except for certain limited circumstances, you don't get the option to not testify.
    It's not clear that there isn't additional evidence here anyhow.
    Well we will just say that there wasn't any witnesses, and the victim stated that they can't remember that night because they were high on heroin, the DA has no case. It would be better to get a conviction with a plea-deal for no jail time and a $250 fine then letting the defendant walk...

    Yes i agree, if there was another witness besides the victim and that witness was willing to testify, then the DA could go for the max and see where the case went.

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