In any criminal matter, it is possible that witnesses, even young witnesses, will have to testify.
The good news is that most criminal cases never go to trial, and are resolved through plea agreements or other means that prevent witnesses from having to testify.
The bad news is that in domestic violence situations, it may be necessary to give testimony for several different purposes, including orders of protection, divorce cases, and criminal cases.
While this should all be handled in the Integrated Domestic Violence court (IDV), the odds of your child needing to give testimony at some point may be higher.
Because children are a special case, judges are open to having them provide accounts of their experiences in alternate settings, by videotape, and through other less intensive means.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we know how to help protect children who are witnesses in criminal matters. Call us today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.