Saturday, January 12, 2013

Prosecutor want her to press charges

Q: My neighbors grandson was attacked on his way from school by a young man while his two friends watched her grandson fought back and was basically not hurt however the police was near by and saw the incident and arrested the three boys. A social worker called my neighbor and asked if she wanted to press charges, my neighbor told her no, she then told my neighbor of other option by which the boys can be punished. The prosecutor for the case called her too, she repeatably told the prosecutor she does not which to press charges as this would mean her grandson missing school (9th grade) to go to court etc. The prosecutor is insisting that she press charges and has sent her a subpoena for them to appear at family court. She does not want to press charges. WHAT CAN SHE DO?

David’s answer: I cannot necessarily advise to disobey the subpoena, assuming it was properly served. But she does have the option of hiring an attorney to represent her and her son on the subpoena issue.  -- David Bliven, Bronx Juvenile Deliquency lawyer (

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