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My girlfriend and I got in a fight and I hit her. We made up and are back together. Can she just drop the charges?

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That’s an interesting question. It really depends upon in Pennsylvania what county you’re in. In Philadelphia and the metropolitan areas, your girlfriend is going to be able to tell the prosecutor, “I don’t want to prosecute anymore. I’d like to drop the charges,” and she’s going to be allowed to do that. In some of the surrounding countries though, they are of the belief that it’s the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus you, not your girlfriend against you in the criminal case, and I’ve seen cases where they actually make the girlfriend or boyfriend come in and testify. There’s a statute that says they can do that and sometimes they do. Not often.

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