What happens if victim doesn’t want to press charges?
Domestic Violence Charges When the Victim Does Not Want to Press Charges.
If a victim does not appear at trial, the prosecutor may dismiss the case if there is not sufficient evidence to convict the accused without the victim’s testimony.
Some prosecuting agencies will subpoena the victim for trial, while others do not ….
How much jail time do you get for refusing to testify?
A judge can immediately punish someone who refuses to testify (See CCP1218). A witness who is found in direct contempt can receive: 5 days jail, a $1,000 fine.
Can you be forced to testify as a victim?
Victims of crime, and other people who have knowledge about the commission of a crime, are often required to testify at a trial or at other court proceedings. The federal criminal justice system cannot function without the participation of victims and witnesses.
What happens if you don’t show up when subpoenaed?
“If you’re served with a subpoena or you waive service and you do not show up, then you will be held in contempt of court,” says Eytan. Even if you don’t want to testify—say, against someone you know, like a family member or friend—and you go to court but refuse to answer questions, you can also be held in contempt.