What If Police Will Not Lay A Charge?

The complaining party can meet a justice of the peace ­ they are usually found at any court house ­ and give him or her information for a charge to be laid against an abusive spouse. Once a complainant has a charge laid in a domestic abuse situation, they will not usually be allowed to change their mind and withdraw the charge, but will be required to appear before a judge and make explanation.

Notice to a respondent must be made promptly in accordance with the regulations and any other terms stipulated by the justice of the peace or judge.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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