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Victims do not file charges; the county attorney does. Therefore, victims do not have the right to drop charges. It is the county attorney’s responsibility to citizens of the state, with information provided by police / investigators, to charge persons who have committed crimes. If a person recants / changes their story, they must notify the police department or Investigator with this new information. Victims may also speak with the Victim Witness Specialist about their feelings and/or wishes for the outcome of the case. The specialist can be reached by calling 763-324-5540.
The county attorney can request that a No Contact Order be issued as a condition of the defendant’s release. Also, in cases of domestic abuse, you can get help in obtaining an Order for Protection through Alexandra House, 763-576-9999. Visit their website for more information. Any violations of these orders should be reported to the police and the probation office immediately.
There are a number of ways to track defendants who may be in custody. You will the need the name of the defendant. A date of birth is also helpful.
There are several resources available for financial assistance. Your victim witness specialist can help you sort out which is best for you. Emergency funds may be available on a limited basis to help with emergencies not covered by insurance or other sources. The State of Minnesota also has funds available to assist victims of crime with medical, dental, psychological, or funeral expenses related to a crime. Call the specialist at 763-324-5540 for more information.
The County Attorney can request that a no contact order be issued as a condition of the defendant’s release. Also, in cases of domestic abuse, you can get help in obtaining an Order for Protection through Alexandra House. Any violations of these orders should be reported to the police and the probation office.