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Legal Question: What Happens if the Victim Doesn’t Testify?

If the victim doesn’t show up at the trial to testify, can he be charged with a crime?

Probably not charged with a crime, but depending on the seriousness of the charge and the need for the witness, the prosecutor could ask the judge to issue a warrant for the person’s arrest (a “material witness warrant”). For many lower level cases, prosecutors choose to dismiss the charge rather than go through the time of getting a warrant like this.

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