The victim wants the case dropped, can’t this just go away? I get asked this quite a bit. The common belief is that if a victim does not want something prosecuted that is the end of it and the case is dismissed. This is not accurate. It is the State (a.k.a the prosecutor) that makes the decision of whether or not to prosecute a case or not. Many of cases have been successfully prosecuted with a victim who does not want to go forward with a case. In fact, there are rules that allow the prosecutor to treat the victim as an “adverse witness” or someone who is not favorable to them. It is in cases like this where it is important to seek legal counsel to help you. Often legal counsel can put you in a better situation if the prosecutor is adamant to prosecute your case.