It is a common misconception that the victim of a crime, domestic violence included, has the power to “press charges” or “drop charges” against the defendant. It is the responsibility of the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute crimes for the state. It is also the decision of the prosecutor to press or drop (with the judge’s approval) charges. While the wishes of the victim are considered, the final judgment about how or if to pursue the case is made by the city or county District Attorney’s Office.
Domestic violence victims who wish to voice their opinion about whether or not to pursue prosecution should contact the deputy district attorney assigned to their case. The deputy district attorney can make arrangements for a meeting involving the prosecutor and an investigator.