Smyrna, GA asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia

Q: Hi so I’m a victim in a domestic violence case, the DA, victims advocate and investigator came to my house but I didnt

Speak to them. If I don’t speak to them and show facts will that affect the case and he also has a revocation hearing coming up, they want me to show up to tell what all happened. If I don’t show up will they dismiss the bond revoke case and let him free

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Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Roswell, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Unfortunately no, and the "Victim Witness" is one of the most difficult folks to interact with if you are involved with a DV case. They work for the State and against the defendants penal interests. Regardless of whether you work with them, they are working for the Prosecution and that means any interaction, even if meant to support the defendant, generally flows against the defendant. They present a major challenge and if you want to support someone who has been arrested, work with their defense attorney.

Not showing up does NOT mean the case gets dismissed, and in fact it can be used to show that you are SO SCARED you will not even attend court. It is a terribly difficult situation. Talk to the defendants lawyer if you want to help the Defendant.

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