Yesterday police came up to me asking if I was alright because of a letter I wrote to clear my boyfriend of the charges of dv. The police officer began talking to me telling that I needed to do the right thing, and that my boyfriend needed to be punished for what he did. And that it would be best for me to speak and be there for trial. I told him I don't want to testify and told him I wanted to move and move on with my life. He asked why I hadn't moved in the past and I told him of my own legal issues that WVCPD know about and that my boyfriend and his brother caused. The officer said I could talk to someone in the department that could help make my charges go away. Police said that after the trial I could talk to them and get relocated. The police kept emphasizing for me to be there and testify. When I asked if without me they wouldn't be able to move forward and my boyfriend would walk? The police said they had enough evidence to get a conviction without me. How's that if he gives me his card, tells me to ponder it for a few days and come back to speak to him or call him.
You need to get an attorney. The prosecution can go forward if you are not there by showing you are unavailable, so they will use your report to them. Get some help. You can't solve this on your own.
Hire an attorney to represent your interests in the case as an alleged victim. Prosecutors and law enforcement will only use anything you tell them against the defendant. Likewise a "victim's advocate" or "victim coordinator" work for law enforcement or the prosecutor's office, thus they have the same conflict of interest. They should not be giving you legal advice because they have a conflict of interest and because they are not attorneys. They will try anyway. You need an actual attorney who can focus on your interests and only your interests in the case.
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