Springfield, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: Should my wife seek counsel or just testify based on her recollection?

Hello, my wife was subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case she witnessed. A long dispute between some neighbors escalated and resulted in 1 death by the use of a hand gun. My wife saw the events unfold while she was at home. Over the next several days detectives took statements from all the neighbors, including my wife’s. This happened more than a year ago (Pre-COVID), and now she is asked to testify on 10/5/2021. The case is in Fairfax county, VA. Should she seek counsel or just testify based on what she saw and could remember? Thank you

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Aaron Pomeranz
Aaron Pomeranz
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: As a general rule, witnesses do not need representation. If there is any concern that she may implicate herself while testifying to that crime or any other, then you should consult an attorney before going to court.

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