By: Gregory Rollins
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“I’m The Victim Of A Crime, But Do I Still Have To Testify If I Don’t Want To?” Answers To 10 Common Questions Asked By Crime Victims.
Often times the alleged victim of a crime will be called by the government to testify against the defendant in court. Testifying in court in front of a room full of strangers, answering questions from attorneys on both sides, and having to see the person who victimized you again is a scary thing for many people.
Many people who are called to testify in court have questions, but rarely are those questions answered. Many people who are called to testify wonder what, if any, rights they have, but their rights are rarely explained to them. Many people who are called to testify are scared to testify, have concerns about testifying, and have no idea what to expect.
Below are some of the more common questions asked by crime victims that relate to testifying in court.
- What can I expect if I am called to testify in a criminal case?
You will have to testify in court, possibly in front of a jury and the defendant will likely be present.
- If I am called to testify, do I have to go to court or can I testify without going into court?
In criminal cases, if you’re called to testify, you will have to testify in court.
- If I don’t want to testify, do I still have to testify in court?
Yes, you still have to testify if you are subpoenaed.
- What are some possible consequences if I refuse to testify in court?
You could be held in contempt of court or you could be arrested.
- What happens if I am called to testify, but what I originally reported to law enforcement was not correct?
You should contact a lawyer before testifying to make sure you don’t need to be offered immunity.
- What happens if I testify untruthfully?
You could be charged with several crimes, including perjury.
- What are my rights as a crime victim?
Marsy’s Law sets out the rights of crime victims in California.
- What resources are available to me as a crime victim?
There are numerous resources in California for crime victims. One such resource is the California Victim Compensation Board.
- Are there any laws which will allow me not to testify if I don’t want to?
Yes, in some situations the law will allow you not to testify.
- Can I hire an attorney to represent my interests and protect my rights as a crime victim in a criminal case?
Yes you can.
Criminal defense attorney and former Riverside County prosecutor Gregory Rollins uses his unique experience and expertise to defend the rights of the accused, provide meaningful legal advice to his clients, and to fight for the best possible outcome for every client in every case. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, it is important to make sure that your rights (or those of your loved-one) are protected.
Contact criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Gregory Rollins to set up a free consultation.