Response from the owner - a month ago
Like many attorneys, I handle multiple counties. I do my best to balance my time. Many times I'm required to go to other courts first. The rules say felonies generally have priority. That means misdemeanors set on the same day have to come second. I'm sorry if Mr. Cook feels he had a bad experience, but at the end of the day, his case was dismissed. In general, people have the mistaken belief that if an alleged victim doesn't wish to prosecute then they should automatically get a dismissal and that it should happen early on in the process. This is simply not the law. The state pursues, and wins, many assault cases with uncooperative victims. Convictions can have lifelong consequences. Dismissals in assault cases are frequently not easy and almost always require time. Most things worth pursuing take time. Again, I would stress that at the end of the day, his case was DISMISSED.