press charges


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press charges

To make a formal legal complaint of wrongdoing or mistreatment against another person. A: "Is it true that Greg pressed charges against you?" B: "Yes, but his claim is completely false! I've never done anything to him!" I really hope our neighbors don't press charges against us—I never would have cut down that tree if I had known it was on their property!
See also: charge, press

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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Sith Los, deputy provincial police chief, said his officials had been unable to speak to the victim previously because she had declined to cooperate or press charges.
But the CPS said last week that Theresa May's announcement of the snap General Election on June 8 would have no impact on the timing of decisions on whether to press charges.
BDI said they would press charges as a political party.
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.
30am yesterday, but Barton has decided not to press charges.
Washington, Mar 25 ( ANI ): Kim Kardashian has reportedly decided to press charges against the woman who threw flour at her at an event on Thursday night.
Lawyers representing his widow Claire pursued a civil liability claim against lorry driver Ian Sigworth after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not press charges due to lack of evidence.
The Crown Prosecution Service will now decide whether to press charges, the organisation said.
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.
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.