This is NOT the Time To Do It Yourself!
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If informed that surgery is needed to remove a tumor, no patient would go home and start rummaging through kitchen knives to commence a self-service operation. Obviously this procedure is best left to the skilled hands of a skilled surgeon. The same principle exists when a family desires to have a criminal case dismissed. This is not the time to do it yourself.
The System Does Not Care About Families
The criminal justice system is a great mystery to those who are not familiar with its inner sanctum. There is a right way and wrong way to get things accomplished. The family finding itself facing an accusation does not understand how to approach the system. Common sense and justice, thought to be inherent in the system, does not exist. Rather the criminal justice system is more concerned with power, perpetuation of the appearance of justice, and statistics.
Media and political attention concerning domestic violence may lead the naive to think the system is concerned with the well being of families. That is incorrect! The system does not care one iota about the families it captures in its web. A family in recovery, healing from domestic conflicts presumes the protectors would be pleased to discover prosecution is no longer desired. This is certainly the public persona exemplified by the protectors. Referring to the Smith County, Texas Family Advocacy Center, Executive Director Carol Langston said: “I would love for the center not to have to be here 20 or 40 years from now.”(Laura Krantz, Staff Writer, March 20, 2004, Tyler Morning Telegraph). Baloney.
In fact the exact opposite is true. The protectors want as many cases as possible and are not concerned with what’s best for the family. The system is concerned with what’s best for itself, growth and expansion. Those goals are not met by dropping cases.
“This is crazy. We had an argument that got out of control. Everything is fine now. My spouse does not want to prosecute. If I talk to them and explain, it will go away.”
This is the initial feeling of a family who does not want any additional complications, such as a frivolous prosecution in their lives. The family may be experiencing problems and difficulties, but it is not a matter that requires governmental intervention. Husband and wife desire to work out their issues on their own, their way. All that is needed now is to make an appointment to speak to the prosecutor and have the State drop the case.
The State Will Not Drop the Case!
If you are facing allegations of Domestic Violence contact Dunham & Jones, Attorneys at Law. You must act quickly to protect your rights!