Victim Witness Frequently Asked Questions

I am listed as the victim of a crime, but I want to “drop the charges.” How can I “drop the charges” in my case?

When a crime is committed, the laws of the State of Georgia have been broken. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the prosecutor to decide whether to proceed in the prosecution of the case. This helps to protect the victim from being coerced by defendants to “drop” charges. The victim does have the right to express his/her opinion regarding the case through the Victim Witness representative or Victim Impact Statement. You may contact the Assistant District Attorney handling your case to discuss your concerns at (770) 278-2990.

If I need to come to court for a hearing or trial and do not have transportation, what should I do?

If you need help to get to court, please contact our office at (770)278-7990 and ask to speak to the Assistant District Attorney assigned to your case. We will work with you to secure your presence in court.

What should I wear to court for a hearing or a trial?

Dress neatly and conservatively when testifying during a hearing or a trial. Shorts, tank tops, and flip flops are not permitted.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by up to one (1) year in jail. A felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one (1) year in prison.

If I am the victim in a case, can I speak with the Assistant District Attorney assigned to handle my case?

Absolutely yes. Not only can you speak to the Assistant District Attorney, but you should. During their evaluation of the case, the Assistant District Attorney will certainly endeavor to speak to the victims of a case to discuss details as needed. It is important for victims to inform the District Attorney’s Office of a change in address and/or telephone number so that they can be reached.