I am the victim in a domestic violence case and I want to drop charges. Can I do that?

Many people incorrectly believe that a victim has the power to press charges against the abuser, or to later drop charges. All criminal complaints are prosecuted on behalf of the State of Colorado and as such only the prosecutor can issue or dismiss. Although the decision whether to prosecute or not prosecute is ultimately up to the prosecutor, the victim's opinion is important and the prosecutor will take those wishes into account when making his or her decisions regarding the case.

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