Courtrooms are open to the public, and as such, you are welcome to attend any of the defendant’s hearings. Be prepared for hearings to be continued or hearings that last several hours before the defendant’s case is called.
As a victim, you may be called to testify as a witness should the case proceed to trial. If your testimony is required, you will receive a subpoena.
You may request restitution for any medical expenses or property damage/loss as a result of the crime. You may receive paperwork in the mail from the Prosecutor’s Office entitled “Victim Restitution Estimate” if your case is eligible for restitution. The defendant is responsible for payment of restitution if ordered by the court. Victims may attend the defendant’s court hearings. Please advise the victim advocate on the case if you wish to attend any court hearings or give a VIS at sentencing.
In preparation for trial, the Defense attorney or a Private Investigator hired by the defense attorney may request an interview with victims or witnesses in the case. The Deputy Prosecutor may also wish to interview you. You have a right to have a Victim Advocate accompany you to any interview and be present with you at the time of the interview. The Advocate’s role is to provide emotional support to the victim during the interview.