Can a minor be compelled to testify without representation?

Asked about 1 year ago - Fall River, MA

15 year old girl witnessed the minutes after a murder, mother was told the minor would not have to testify and was only a small part of the investigation, now the child has been supeoaned. Mother is fearful of retaliation against her child.

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  1. David C. Newton

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    Answered . She will have to respond to the summons to testify. You can retain an attorney to protect her rights, but she would not be entitled to a court appointed one. Call the District Attorney's Office and speak with the victim witness advocate and the assistant district attorney handling the case.

    This is not intended as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.
  2. Henry Lebensbaum

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    Answered . Speak to the DA

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  3. James Regan

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    Answered . Speak to the prosecutor's office about this. The child can be compelled to appear and to testify (or be held in contempt if they do not). Also, speak to your own attorney or ask for one at the trial.

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