Q: A DEFENDENT IS GOING TO TRIAL ON CHARGES OF COMMUNICATING THREATS AND ALREADY HAS A PRIOR FELONY 6 MONTHS AGO ASSAULTING
A FEMALE. I AM THE PLANTIF , WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN COURT?
A: From the perspective of a defense attorney: You should keep up with the case and make sure that you let the DA's office know in advance if you will not be available for court for some important purpose. You should be prepared to testify and tell the judge what really happened. And you should be prepared for the defense to cross-examine you aggressively and possibly tell a whole different story. But if your story is true, the judge will likely know it and find him guilty. If you know of any witnesses, then make sure the DA's office knows about them and their addresses well in advance. You may have to make several appearances before the case is tried or pled. Other than that, I would just say, if you want to stop the guy, then testify against him. This is all the kind of thing that I think a prosecutor might tell you, but that is not my normal role in the courtroom, so you should speak to the prosecutor if you have an opportunity.
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