Q: I am a victim in a criminal case. Can I contact the defendant's attorney?
My ex-fiance came to my house to talk and the situation grew bad. During the time he was there, we did have sexual relations and I was up-front about this when asked by the sheriff's office when I initially gave my report of the other things that happened that night. He has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Kidnapping and Rape in the First Degree. When I saw on the news and in my local paper (very small town) his photo and it was all about a "Rapist" being captured - I was devestated and then grew angry. He did things he should not have done and should be punished for - but he is NOT a rapist. The sexual relations was consensual that night and I have adamantly told the D.A. this, as well as a Victim's Advocate I have spoken with several times. Both of their stance is he is a rapist and the D.A. will continue with that charge. I have several questions - being the victim and not having an attorney - can I contact his attorney to let him know that my stance is there was no r
The prosecution doesn't have to work for your cause. If you are not able to get the DA to see things your way, then what you should do is hire your own Oklahoma Attorney to represent your interests. In regards to the defense, you are not restricted from contacting the defense. But, the discussion could be flipped on the accused and construed by the state as the defense tried to influence or intimidate a states witness, you.
Thanks for your question. TJP
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