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Changing your mind about laying charges

Region: Ontario Answer Number: 787

If the police have laid charges against an offender, they cannot be withdrawn unless the police believe they do not have enough evidence to proceed or a Crown prosecutor determines the charge should not go ahead. You cannot change your mind about charging an offender and expect to have the charges withdrawn.

However, if you personally visited with a justice of the peace and had charges laid against an offender yourself, you can generally drop the charges at any time before the Crown prosecutor takes over the prosecution of the charge.

For more information about criminal law and the justice system in Canada, visit the Government of Canada, Department of Justice, or the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

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