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Can I refuse to press charges?

I was involved in a fight with a former friend. Now we're both charged with assault but neither one of us wants to press charges. So can we just refuse to press charges so the case goes away. We don't get along any more (duh) but neither one of us wants to press charges.

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In any type of criminal case, the decision regarding whether to press charges is made by the prosecutor.  It is fairly common for the state to press the case even though one or more victims do not want to bring charges and/or try to avoid testifying.  The best advice I can give you at this point is to retain a MA criminal law attorney and have her (not you) talk to your former friend or the friend's attorney.  Good luck.

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