Pasco County, FL: Refuse to Prosecute

A fact the average citizen doesn’t know is that ALOT of crime victims do not want to prosecute. This includes all kinds of crimes, not just domestic violence.

A little known fact of most crime victims, is that the State Attorney can prosecute whether or not the victim wants to prosecute. Although the State Attorney considers the victim’s wishes, the State Attorney ultimately makes the final call on what gets prosecuted or not. And if they have enough other evidence without the victim’s statement, they WILL prosecute.

There is an after hours club on US 19 in New Port Richey called Club Inferno where a man was shot last weekend at 4AM. (See Tampa Bay Times article of October 31, 2012) Not surprising to me, the man does not wish to prosecute and is not cooperating with the investigation. Why not? There could be any number of reasons, and not knowing him, I don’t know his exact reasons – however – here are a few of the most common reasons by www.Sutliffstout.com why victims don’t want to prosecute:

  1. Never, ever, ever talk to the police – they can’t be trusted.
  2. Never snitch – It’s a code of life for many people which seems to have been forgotten once they get into the Pasco County Jail.
  3. Karma: What comes around goes around. Whoever shot him is bound to end up the victim of a shooting, or worse, later in life.

So what happens to the guy who shot him if the victim refuses to prosecute? Someone else who was there and saw what happened will tell – not because it’s the right thing to do, but because they need a way out of their own crimes. Police cooperation, like becoming an informant, is the easiest way out of a crime. For assisting the police, they will get a lighter sentence. And the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office will find the shooter, arrest him and then waste everyone’s time and tax dollars trying to prosecute him. All this when the victim doesn’t care and anyone in a club like that at 4 AM doesn’t either. Also if you need any advocacy about tax, Morgan Sebastian tax resolution attorney is here to help.

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