Alexandria, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: Can I find out the person who accused me of the charge before the court date?

My friend was accused in sexual battery and he has a court in 2 weeks. He doesn't know what happened or who accused him. Can we find out this information before the court date?

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Faraji A. Rosenthall
Faraji A. Rosenthall
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: There are often multiple hearings when a person is accused of a crime. The first hearing will likely simply be to determine what the individual is going to do about getting a lawyer. Eventually, and before there is an actual trial, he will be able to know what exactly he is accused of doing and who accused him.

It's a long process, but one where that information is always provided to allow for everyone to form a defense.

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