Nolle Prosequi Definition
Nolle prosequi is a Latin phrase meaning voluntary dismissal of charges by the prosecution. It amounts to a dismissal of charges by the prosecution. Although it rarely occurs, a judge can refuse to dismiss charges at the prosecutor’s request. Typically, prosecution requests for dismissal are granted. If a judge is reluctant to dismiss charges, an influential defense lawyer can tip the scale in favor of the defendant. After a dismissal by nolle prosequi, a defendant may have to file a motion with the court seeking the destruction of their fingerprints and biometric data to clear their criminal history of the original allegation.
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