When a district attorney dismisses a felony case, it is almost invariably good news for the defendant. However, when a prosecutor drops the case by entering a "nolle prosequi," a formal notice in the court records that the office does not intend to continue the prosecution, it does not always mean that the case
What Is a Felony?
Although the police investigate crimes and make arrests, it is the district attorney's office that
Why Are Felony Charges Dismissed?
A prosecutor with the district attorney's office will only file criminal charges if she believes that she can prove the case. She reviews the investigation file compiled by law enforcement and considers the criminal history of the suspect. The evidence gathered must be strong enough to convince a jury that the defendant committed the felony charged.
If, at any point after
What is a Nolle Prosequi?
In some states, the prosecutor can drop charges against a criminal suspect by entering a "
Under Connecticut law, a
What Happens When a Felony Case Is Dismissed?
However, dismissals can also
If the court dismisses the case on the defendant's motion for reasons other than
- FindLaw: When Jeopardy Protection Ends: Acquittals, Dismissals, and More
- Philadelphia Lawyers: Why Would Criminal Charges Be Dropped or Dismissed?
- Criminal Defense Lawyer: Getting a Criminal Charge Dismissed
- Nolo: How the Prosecutor Decides Which Cases to Charge
- The Free Dictionary: Nollo Prosequi
- Mark Sherman Law: What’s the Difference between a Nolle & Dismissal of Your Connecticut Arrest?
Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.