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The criminal search revealed a charge. The charge was Nolle Prossed or Dismissed. What does this mean?

What does “Nolle Prosequi” mean? Nolle Prossed is from the Latin term “Nolle Prosqui” meaning “We shall no longer prosecute.” Generally, the Nolle Prossed definition is a decision by the prosecution that there is insufficient evidence to pursue the case. It is often used in plea bargains. The prosecution decided not to prosecute a criminal case. A ‘dismissal’ may be ordered by the court when the court decides that the case, for any of a number of factors, including lack of witnesses, an offer of restitution, community service, lack of evidence, etc., will not go forward. Depending on state law, dismissed and/or Nolle Processed charges may or may not be reported on a caregiver background check.

For all essential purposes, the terms Nolle Prossed and Dismissal mean the same thing – the charge was dropped, and there was no conviction.

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