What if I change my mind about prosecuting or testifying?
A crime committed against any person is a crime against the state. Our community and each of us as individuals deserve protection against criminal wrong-doers. For this reason, the court can compel testimony of a victim or witness to a crime. A great deal of costly work will proceed and be wasted if the victim does not testify. The loss of a case because a victim or a witness drops out, is a tragedy. Should you have any reluctance about testifying in a case, please discuss your concerns with the Victim Witness Advocate or the prosecutor handling the case. They will try to help with any problems, doubts or questions you may have.

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1. What to do if contacted by the Defendant:
2. What is a subpoena?
3. What is an arrest warrant?
4. What happens to the person accused of a crime?
5. What is the purpose of bail?
6. What if I change my mind about prosecuting or testifying?
7. How are witnesses called?
8. What if someone threatens me to drop the charges?
9. What if the defense attorney contacts me about the case?
10. Can I be compensated for losses I have suffered as a victim?
11. What’s in it for me?
13. What is a preliminary hearing?
14. What does a victim or witness do in a preliminary hearing?
15. Are witnesses permitted to be in the courtroom before and after testifying?
16. How does a case get dismissed?
17. What is a deposition?
18. What happens in a trial?
19. How and when is sentencing determined?
20. Does the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office really care about me?