What if I decide to drop the charges?

That decision is not yours to make.  Your forgiveness does not excuse your partner from the consequences of committing a crime.  As the victim, your opinion and perspective are important.  But an act of domestic violence is, by law, a crime against the state - not just a crime against you.  If criminal charges are filed, it is up to the judge, and in some cases, a jury, to decide whether there is enough evidence for a conviction.

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