Your Role as a Victim or Witness
If you are a victim of a crime, or a witness to one, your assistance and cooperation are essential to achieve successful prosecution of criminals.
- Be sure that the State's Attorney's Office knows what your expectations and concerns are regarding the case.
- Advise the Victim Witness Division if there are any unusual problems that make it difficult for you to appear in court.
- Cooperate with police, prosecutors and the Victim Coordinator. They will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.
- Testify honestly and completely.
- The defendant's attorney may attempt to talk to you. You have the right to decide whether or not you want to discuss the case with him or her.
- Be sure that we have your daytime telephone number or a number where someone can give you a message.
- Notify the Victim Witness Division immediately if you change your address or telephone number.
Suggestions for Court
- Have a neat appearance; no shorts or tee-shirts.
- Before giving testimony, try to recall information accurately in your mind.
- Stop talking immediately if the judge interrupts you or if an attorney makes an objection.
- Speak loudly and clearly so that you may be heard and understood.
- Listen to the questions asked of you. Do not give additional information.
- Do not give opinions unless asked.
- Do not argue with the defense attorney. Improper questions will be challenged by the State's Attorney.
- Treat both lawyers with respect. Leave the stand with confidence that you've presented the truth to the best of your ability.
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