What if the defense attorney or the defendant contacts me about the case?

The defense attorney or defendant has a right to ask to interview you and discuss the case. However, you do not have to talk to them if you choose not to do so. If you would feel more comfortable discussing the matter in the presence of the State's Attorney or Assistant handling the case, call the Victim/Witness Assistant before agreeing to an interview.

A representative of this office will be happy to attend with you at your request. You should not sign anything without speaking first with the prosecutor handling your case.

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1. What should I do if I am a victim of a crime?
2. How does the state's attorney's office decide whether to file charges?
3. What if charges are filed?
4. When will I be called to appear as a witness?
5. Will there always be a trial?
6. Are all trials by jury?
7. What happens after a defendant is convicted at trial or pleads guilty?
8. Do I need an attorney?
9. How will I be notified about the case?
10. Will I have to take off from work to appear in court?
11. How will I get to the courthouse in Whiteside?
12. What if I am threatened in connection with the case?
13. What if the defense attorney or the defendant contacts me about the case?
14. How do I get items held as evidence returned to me?
15. Will I receive restitution or compensation for property loss and injuries?
16. Will I be notified of what happens to the defendant in a case where I am the victim?
17. What if I need more information or a question answered?