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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:16 pm    Post subject: "Order for want of prosecution" Reply with quote

hello all,

I am trying to understand what "order for want of prosecution" means. I have googled, and all I could find was this term prefaced with "dismissal."

I am really hoping this person's case wasn't dismissed, as it was for multiple counts of DUI, drugs, possession, etc. The outcome on Gwinnettcourts.com shows the above term, and it's listed beside all the person's charges.

Anyone able to tell me more?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, here's what I found:
"The failure of a litigant to pursue a case in a timely manner, sometimes resulting in dismissal of the case"


The arrest was made Feb of last year, for a DUI with alcohol, DUI with drugs, DUI multiple substances, along with possession and a traffic violation. 5 total charges, and he's free to drive?

How is 1 year too long to go to trial?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Want of prosecution means that whomever was accusing the person of the crime no longer wants to accuse them. Sounds like the charges may have been dropped.

If I had to guess, it was because a key witness or witnesses did not show up for court. For the charges you specified, the key witnesses would be the arresting officer or lead investigator. But this is only speculation on my part.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheHarpy wrote:
Ok, here's what I found:
"The failure of a litigant to pursue a case in a timely manner, sometimes resulting in dismissal of the case"


Could also be on the prosecutor for not filing the paperwork in time.


TheHarpy wrote:
The arrest was made Feb of last year, for a DUI with alcohol, DUI with drugs, DUI multiple substances, along with possession and a traffic violation. 5 total charges, and he's free to drive?


You understand how the judicial system works, right? Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Since the accused wasn't proven guilty, guess what that means?

TheHarpy wrote:
How is 1 year too long to go to trial?


Without filing for a continuance or any other type of paperwork that shows the court the prosecution still as intend to proceed, it is. If this was you being accused, you'd think it's too long.

And remember, we have a right to a fair and speedy trial.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the quick reply and info.
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