Johnson City, TN asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee

Q: My boyfriend was recently charged with domestic assault, which he did assault me. Tbe state took over the case.

I received a letter from my attorney who handle such cases. My question is do I need to be at the first court date, since the state took it over? I havent been subpoenaed, just the letter from my lawyer stating she wousl be representing me. He's going to plead not guilty anyway, so theyll just reset for him to have time to get a lawyer, right? So. I do not have to be at the initial court daye, right, since the state took it over?

1 Lawyer Answer
Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: If you are required to be present you should receive a subpoena. You are the victim witness in your domestic assault case therefore, the District Attorney will want to talk to you/your attorney before deciding whether to dismiss or move forward in prosecuting the case.

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