What can a victim do if she does not want to testify in court? 7 Answers as of July 31, 2013

Domestic Violence victim not wanting to testify.

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Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
Speak with the Defendant's lawyer. S/he should be able to advise you.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 7/31/2013
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
Talk with the prosecutor and the victim advocate.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/31/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Nothing if subpoenaed. They have to testify unless they will be incriminating themselves.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/31/2013
Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
If you are subpoenaed you must appear. If you do not, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. If you refuse to testify, you could be held in contempt and face jail time.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/31/2013
Chambers Law Firm
Chambers Law Firm | Dan E. Chambers
If this case is pending in California, you have rights as a victim of domestic violence, including the right not to testify without the threat of being put in jail for refusing to testify. But you should not do it alone consult an attorney to help you.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/31/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Nothing you can do. The 5th amendment likely does not apply to you, so you can't invoke it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2013
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    You can refuse to cooperate with the prosecutor, and he can have you held in contempt of court, or he may relent, and drop the charges himself. Remember that you have no power in a criminal case, you are not the plaintiff. Only the prosecutor has the authority to dispose of the case as he feeks fit.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/31/2013
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