The police charged the defendant based on their investigation. The State used the other witness. If the defendant was not charged with the crime against you there is a 5 year SOL. If the defendant was charged but the disposition occurred without notice to you there is recourse in the Victims’ Rights Act I guess. As a defense attorney I do not know this Act well. I doubt there is damage that can be sought but I do not know for sure. They may have dropped your case and pleaded the other, but they should have contacted you first. Call the Victims section of the prosecutor’s office.
There is no Constitutional right for a victim to be present at a trial.
Your state (I am not a NJ attorney) may have some statute on-point, but I have never heard of such a law.
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