What if the defense attorney contacts me about the case?

You may be contacted by the defense attorney or a private investigator hired by the defense attorney. You should feel free to speak with persons connected with the defendant, but you have the right to refuse to do so if you desire. If you do decide to speak to the defense attorney or a representative of that office, you may request that an attorney from the County Attorney's Office be present while you are being questioned and postpone any further communication with the defense until such arrangements can be made. In any event, we would appreciate you notifying us of any conversations you have with the defendant or his/her attorneys or representatives.

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1. What is a subpoena?
2. How does a complaint become a criminal case?
3. What is an omnibus hearing?
4. What if the judge decides there is not sufficient evidence at the omnibus hearing?
5. Do cases always go to trial if they are not dismissed?
6. What happens in a trial?
7. How and when is sentencing determined?
8. What if I change my mind about prosecuting or testifying?
9. What if the defense attorney contacts me about the case?
10. What if someone threatens me to drop the charges?
11. Should I be concerned if months pass without hearing from the court or the County Attorney’s Office?
12. Coming to Court – Can I be compensated?
13. Can I be compensated for losses I have suffered as a victim?