press charges


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press charges (against someone)

 and file charges (against someone)
Fig. to make a formal charge of wrongdoing against someone. They agreed not to press charges against me if I agreed to pay for the damages.
See also: charge, press

press charges

To bring a formal accusation of criminal wrongdoing against someone.
See also: charge, press
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A plain-clothes police officer made himself known, and asked if Eltahawy wanted to press charges and so began filing a complaint at a Cairo police station.
Lawyer Paul Daniels said: "Mr Tymon has informed the police he doesn't want to press charges.
But as police pressed her for information, and after talking to her lawyer, she declined to press charges.
Barton decided not to press charges and left the scene with his girlfriend soon after.
She didn't press charges that night because it would have taken her away from the event, which was for charity.
Hastings and her children were removed from the home, though the homeowner said he would not press charges because children were involved.
Women in Mauritania who press charges for sexual assault face the risk of jail because of poorly defined laws and stigma that criminalises victims rather than offenders.
It is believed Wise, 41, did not want to press charges against the youths.
He dismissed the case, though prosecutors can press charges again later.
Hazelton refused to press charges against his attacker.
The city attorney's office will decide whether to press charges.
Hoffman shadowed Francis and his film crew on location at a Chicago nightclub, and by the end of the trip, she didn't know whether to write her story or press charges.
The city prosecutor has declined to press charges against Swita.
Meanwhile police are in talks with lawyers over whether they can press charges following the punch-up witnessed by 52,000 fans.
If the police decide not to press charges he will take out a civil suit against Rooney.