Signing Affidavit of Desistance Form

Affidavit of Desistance is a document where the complainant states that he/she does not intend to institute the case and he/she is no longer interested in prosecuting or testifying in court.

It  is  a  ground  for  dismissal of the criminal case only if the prosecutor can no longer prove  the accused is guilty beyond reasonable doubt without the offended party’s testimony.

RECANTATION: A witness who already testified later declares that the statement he/she had given were not true.

The Effects of the Affidavit:

  • It does not bar the State or the Government from prosecuting the criminal action
  • It  cannot justify dismissal of the complaint if made after (and not before) he institution of the criminal action.
  • It operates as a waiver of the right to pursue civil indemnity.
  • It does not obviate criminal liability if the act already committed constitutes a felony


I, __________________________________, of legal age, ______________ (Marital Status), and a resident of ____________________________________________, after having duly sworn to in accordance with laws of the State of __________________________ hereby depose and state:






IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereby set my hand this ____________ day of _______,  20____ at the County of ___________.


Signature of the Complainant

________________________________   ____________________________

Name and Signature of the Complainant’s Witness

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ______________ day of _______ 20____ .


Notary Signature

This type of affidavit is regarded as exceedingly unreliable and viewed with suspicion and reservation by the courts.

You must consult with a licensed attorney in your state of residence before using or signing any legal documents.

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