How many times will I have to testify?

In Westchester County, you will most likely be required to appear once for trial on a misdemeanor case.  If the underlying charge is a felony, you will likely appear once before a grand jury and then possibly again for a least one day at the trial.

How long will my testimony take?

Every proceeding is different. Therefore you should speak with the ADA regarding timing issues.

If a defense attorney or investigator for the defense asks to speak to me be before trial, what do I do?

You are under no obligation to speak to the defense attorney or an investigator hired by the defense team. Please make sure to inform the ADA about any attempt by anyone to speak to you about the case.

What should I tell my employer?

Be honest and tell your employer you need the day off as you received a subpoena to testify for the prosecution in a criminal case. The District Attorney’s Office can provide you with a letter affirming that you did appear in court as directed, if necessary. 

What do I do if I receive a threat regarding my testimony?

Immediately call 911 and report the threat.  Then call the ADA who is handling the case.