Can I drop the charges?

Once the defendant is charged with a crime by a law enforcement officer, the victim cannot drop the charges. Only a prosecutor, after a careful review of the case, can make the determination to dismiss a case. We certainly understand that there are many reasons why a victim may want a case dismissed, and our prosecutors will take the victim’s desired outcome into consideration when evaluating the case.

What is the penalty range for the defendant?

  • If the defendant is charged with a class A misdemeanor (such as Assault 4th Degree), it is punishable by up to a $500 fine, 12 months in jail, or both. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $250 fine, 90 days incarceration, or both.
  • In every case, the prosecutor also has the discretion to recommend probation in lieu of incarceration.

How long will this case take to resolve?

  • If the prosecutor and the defendant’s attorney can reach a plea bargain, the case can be resolved quickly.
  • If the case cannot be resolved and one side requests a trial by jury, the case could last for several months or longer. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a large backlog and all cases are moving slower than normal.

How do I report a grievance?

The Warren County Attorney’s Office does not discriminate. Discrimination Grievances may be reported to the following:

KY Justice & Public Safety Cabinet

Internal Investigations Branch

Special Investigative Agent Manager

125 Holmes St

Frankfort, KY 40601

Office for Civil Rights

Office of Justice Programs

U.S. Department of Justice

810 Seventh Street NW

Washington, DC 20531