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Will I get in any trouble if I drop a case after giving a

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JA: Hi. How can I help?
Customer: will I get in any trouble if I drop a case after giving a statement and the person being in custody
JA: Where are you? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Harrow
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: i reported a situation to the police about my ex he’s been arrested today and I just gave a statement but I want to tell them I want to drop the whole case and no action to be done will I get in any trouble for asking them to do so?
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Customer: no
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  SASH_Law replied 16 days ago.

Hello, how are you today? 

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Expert:  SASH_Law replied 16 days ago.

Besides making a statement, was there any evidence you showed them?  E.g. photos, recordings, to show the abuse?

Expert:  SASH_Law replied 16 days ago.

Unfortunately it is not as simple as saying you don’t want to proceed anymore. The English process does not work like that.

When you report abuse, the police will arrest the perpetrator and investigate, and if they have enough information, they will pass that information to the Crime Prosecution Service (CPS) who are the ones who make the decision as to whether or not to prosecute the perpetrator.

Usually they will already have the victim’s statement, any body cam evidence that was collected at the time of the report/arrest, eye witness accounts and statements, and potentially medical evidence, or photographs of injuries. So even if you decide you no longer wish to proceed, they can do so without your cooperation.

You can of course notify the investigating officer that you wish to withdraw your statement, and say that will not support a prosecution, but that doesn’t stop them from proceeding if they believe they have enough evidence.  If you are the only witness, then the chances of the case being dropped are higher than if there are several witnesses, especially if independent, and other corroborating evidence.

I am sorry this will obviously not be the news you were hoping for, but it is how English law works in this instance.

Expert:  SASH_Law replied 16 days ago.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Expert:  SASH_Law replied 16 days ago.

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