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Does the victim in a domestic violence case have to appear at trial to support any statements made?

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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    If they are subpoenaed they do. But you as a victim have certain rights too including not being jailed for refusing to testify if that is your choice. You should consult your own attorney for advice preferably a certified criminal law specialist.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 8/10/2013
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    39300 Civic Center Drive #110
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 792-5110
    If the victim? does not appear the charges will at some time be dropped.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 8/5/2013
    Eric Sterkenburg | Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    16478 Beach Boulevard, No. 329
    Westminster, CA 92683
    (562) 477-6940
    If the victim of a domestic violence case is subpoenaed, to appear as a witness in the case, they are in contempt of court if they do not show up on the trial date. Contempt of court is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in county jail. Most times, they will not be charged. However, if they do not show up, that does not mean that the case will be dropped.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 8/5/2013
    Dan E. Chambers | Chambers Law Firm
    2600 Michelson Drive
    Irvine, CA 92612
    (949) 246-1475
    In California, victims of domestic violence have special rights that they can assert.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 8/5/2013
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