Will I have to testify in front of the defendant?
Yes. Every witness must testify in open court in the presence of the defendant. The only exception is for children who would be unable to do so because of the trauma of seeing the defendant looking at them while testifying. In these circumstances, it is possible for the child to testify by way of closed circuit TV. If you believe your child cannot testify in front of the defendant then contact our office at 434-432-7900 immediately to discuss the matter.

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1. Who is my Commonwealth’s Attorney, and what does he do?
2. What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
3. What happens if I get subpoenaed as a witness and I don’t show up for court?
4. What if my employer does not want me to go to court?
5. Can I drop charges?
6. What is an “advisement” hearing and why don’t I need to come as a witness?
7. What is a preliminary hearing and do I really need to come?
8. What is a “grand jury” and how does it work?
9. Who can come be with me in court?
10. Will I have to testify in front of the defendant?
11. How do I find out which prosecutor will be with me in court?
12. How do I find out if my case has been “called off”?
13. What do I do if my court date is set during my vacation?
14. Who pays for my travel expenses to get to court?
15. Is there any financial help available for a crime victim’s medical expenses?
16. What do I do if someone threatens me for being a witness?
17. My husband promised never to hit me again. Can I drop the charge against him?
18. This is my husband’s 1st time being prosecuted for hitting me. Is there a way the court can do something about it without finding him guilty?
19. What contact information does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office need for me if I am a witness?
20. What if the defense attorney contacts me?
21. Are there any registered sex offenders living near me?