How can I drop charges against someone?

You cannot. Once the police are called, the charging decision belongs to the City of Kennewick. The decision to prosecute a case is based on the facts of the case gathered by the police department and the evidence provided by any witnesses to the crime. The City's primary concern in these matters is doing our best to ensure the safety of our citizens while enforcing the law. We certainly welcome and consider any input you have in regards to the outcome of a case. You will receive a Victim Impact Statement and Restitution Forms through mail or email. The best course of action to ensure that we know your wishes for the outcome of the case is to complete those forms and return them to our office. We empathize with the difficult situation the defendant’s alleged criminal actions have placed on you and/or your relationship. However, please realize that dismissal is a rare outcome when charge(s) can be proven. If you have further questions, please contact our office at 509-585-4274 or by email at

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1. How can I drop charges against someone?
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3. How do I get a No Contact Order dropped?
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