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    Ok, so let's say someone hits you and in the moment you call the police. But this person tells you they're sorry after you've called the police.

    Can you tell the police that you've lied about what happened to stop the person from getting arrested?
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    You could say you didn't want to press charges.
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    (Original post by Dunc1)
    You could say you didn't want to press charges.
    The police want to go ahead and arrest this person though. I've been told that if i don't make a statement then the person won't be charged with my evidence and they'll try and find other evidence to charge them. I don't want this to happen.
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    Is this person your partner? If so, and you thought it was serious enough to call the police at the time you might want to think getting some kind of support (not necessarily the police).

    In theory you could be charged for wasting police time if you say you lied (I think). The best course is probably simply not to press charges - the police will find it hard to get other evidence unless it was a serious incident, in which case they probably should. I'm not an expert though.
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    Don't lie to them, just be truthful. If you start giving them incorrect information then you could end up being charged for perverting the course of justice or wasting police time or something. Just explain the situation and hope they let it go. It's not worth getting yourself into trouble over though.
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    (Original post by Octohedral)
    Is this person your partner? If so, and you thought it was serious enough to call the police at the time you might want to think getting some kind of support (not necessarily the police).

    In theory you could be charged for libel or for wasting police time if you say you lied (I think). The best course is probably simply not to press charges - the police will find it hard to get other evidence unless it was a serious incident, in which case they probably should. I'm not an expert though.
    Yes, my boyfriend. I just want to forget about the ordeal. I've arranged to move back in to my mum's on the weekend. I really don't want him to get in to trouble, plus he has a dog, so if the police decided to barge down the door right now and escort me to a hostel then the dog would be alone with no one to feed her or take her out and i love her so i don't want that to happen.
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    (Original post by bad_moose)
    Don't lie to them, just be truthful. If you start giving them incorrect information then you could end up being charged for perverting the course of justice or wasting police time or something. Just explain the situation and hope they let it go. It's not worth getting yourself into trouble over though.
    That's the thing, they won't let it go. They want me to give a statement, i've said no more than once.
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    Didn't you post something like this yesterday? I agree with everyone else on that thread, don't feel guilty. You will feel guilty if you find out in a couple of years he's been treating another person like he's been treating you and you had an opportunity to stop it, in my opinion.
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    He shouldn't be hitting you, let him rot in the cell for a night, might make him think about things.
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    (Original post by Little Isis)
    That's the thing, they won't let it go. They want me to give a statement, i've said no more than once.
    Think about it, if the Police really did have enough 'other evidence' to get a conviction why on earth would they be wasting their time putting pressure on someone who is refusing to give a statement? In my opinion, their entire investigation rides on you and whether or not you give a statement, so just keep refusing and they may well be forced to let it go.
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    Wake up will you.

    Not only has this guy beaten you badly enough that the police have taken an active interest and you would rather lie and get yourself in trouble rather than have him get in trouble.

    Maybe just telling the police the truth and letting them deal with it will help sort him out.
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    If you do lie to get him off then you may be done for waiting police time, which is more serious then you first may think.

    You can refuse to give a statement and say you don't want to press charges however.

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    Redraw your statement simple as that
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    Sounds more like you've been pressured into not wanting to give a statement.
 
 
 
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