I am a victim of a crime; how do I drop the charges?

Many people incorrectly believe that a victim has the power to press charges or drop charges. All crimes are considered offenses against the State, not solely against the victim. 

The Mille Lacs County Attorney’s Office prosecutes criminal complaints on behalf of the State of Minnesota. Only the attorney prosecuting the case can decide to file or dismiss charges, although the victim’s voice is important in that decision. Many factors are considered when deciding whether to honor a victim’s request not to proceed with prosecution, including: 

  • The nature and extent of the defendant’s criminal history
  • Risk of danger to the community
  • The severity of the alleged crime
  • Whether the defendant has other pending charges

Victims may speak with the Victim Witness Coordinator about their feelings and/or wishes regarding whether or not a case moves forward.

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