Can I drop charges?
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for York County and the City of Poquoson has a "no drop" policy on all charges. Because the defendant has broken a law of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office must prosecute the crime.

What this means is that once charges are filed and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office decides to proceed with the case, you can no longer withdraw the charges. Only a prosecutor handling the case can request a dismissal of the charges. Only the Court has the authority to dismiss, or "drop" charges.

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1. What cases does the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office prosecute?
2. How do I find out information about a case?
3. Can I drop charges?
4. What should I do if I receive a subpoena for court and I have a conflict with the court date?
5. What should I know before I testify?
6. What is a preliminary hearing?
7. Can children be subpoenaed to testify in court?
8. I can't identify the defendant. Why did I receive a subpoena?
9. What should I do if the defendant's attorney contacts me?
10. What happens if someone threatens me to drop the charges or not testify?