Who will be in Court with me?
You may bring friends or relatives with you to court, and they can probably sit in the courtroom while you testify, unless they are also witnesses.
(Witnesses testify one at a time and generally wait outside the courtroom for their turn.
This is called "sequestration").
Our Victim Advocate may also be with you, if you request.
Do I have to testify in front of the defendant?
Yes, the defendant has the right to see and hear what the witnesses against him/her have to say.
The lawyer for the defendant is called the defense attorney and will ask you questions after the Prosecuting Attorney does.
What if the defense attorney contacts me?
In representing a client, a defense attorney may contact you and want to talk to you about the case.
Keep in mind that you do not have to talk to anyone about the crime, including the defense attorney or their investigator prior to testifying in court.
If you choose to do so, always request proper identification and an explanation of the purpose of the interview.
Afterward, please inform the Prosecutor handling the case.
If you have concerns about talking with a defense attorney or their investigator, you are encouraged to contact the Prosecutor in charge of your case and to have him/her with you at the time of the interview.
What if someone threatens me?
Concerns about your well-being and safety after being victimized or witnessing a crime are normal.
If you have any fears or receive any threats concerning your involvement in a case, you should immediately contract the law enforcement agency that investigated the case, or the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
In an emergency situation, call 911.
Do so as soon as possible so that the threats can be documented and appropriate action taken.
There are laws to protect you against people who attempt to bribe, intimidate, threaten, or harass you.