The Process

(chart from the Texas Department of Public Safety site)

what happens next?

 Common Steps of a Criminal Investigation and Prosecution

Criminal Procedure Glossary


In a criminal case, the prosecutor (also called the district attorney) is the one who has control over whether the case against the abuser continues or not.  It is the county/state who has brought the case against the abuser, not the victim.  It is possible that if you do not want the case to continue (if you do not want to “press charges”), the prosecutor might decide to drop the criminal charges but this is not a guarantee.  The prosecutor can also continue to prosecute the abuser against your wishes and could even issue a subpoena (a court order) to force you to testify at the trial.



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