My son was a victim of an assault causing significant damage to his teeth. The person who assaulted him agreed to restitution within one week and was released. The next week he did not show our contact his public defender. The judge proceeded with the preliminary hearing and after my son the victim was questioned on direct and cross the judge approved the case to be sent up to county court for arraignment. The DA at the preliminary trial told my son to be there. We haven't received any paperwork regarding this and called the township court today and were told that he didn't have to be there but to call the county DA the next day to find out next steps.
The court staff was correct. Witnesses/victims do not need to appear for an arraignment. Definitely contact the prosecutor and victim services people. Give them copies of any medical bills, lost wages, etc. You could also contact the arresting police agency if they are not responsive. Best of luck.
Sorry to hear about your son's injury. I strongly encourage you not to over-think this. The best source of information in his case is the victim-witness coordinator in the DA's office. Contact them for information regarding the case. Good luck.
In general in Delaware county there is no reason for a victim to be present at arraignment. There is no testimony taken and the defendant is usually just advised of his rights. In general the defendant rarely even speaks to the judge they are just informed of their charges and their rights. You should be in contaft with either the DA assigned to your case or a victim advocate. Keeping in mind many simple assault cases arent even assigned to an ADA until after arraignment. Stay in touch witu the DAs office, they will let you know what the process is going forward. I would even call and make contact with the victim advocate if you have questions.
Please excuse my brevity and any typos as answers are often given using a cellular phone.
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The formal arraignment is not a hearing, all that happens is the charges are read to the accused. Speak to the da about what to expect or arrange a meeting with a criminal defense attorney to advise you of what to expect.
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Generally, in most counties, witnesses are not present at formal arraignments.
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