What To Do If You Are A Witness To A Crime

Question From A Crime Witness

I’m a crime witness. I’ve been served with a subpoena and don’t know what to do.  Without going into detail I witnessed a crime and the court asked me to testify. I intend to appear as ordered by the subpoena but am concerned that I may not be the best witness. The incident happened several months ago and I’ve forgotten many details of what happened that day. I also to answer any questions as directly and honestly as possible. I am concerned however that I may inadvertently misrepresent the facts of that day do to the lack of memory. If that happens will the state hold me criminally liable? Do I need a lawyer?

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Answer

You should contact the attorney who sent the subpoena. If he or she believes that your testimony is important, you should not worry about the deficiencies in your testimony. You are only being asked to give your best testimony. You should not need an attorney to do this. As long as you tell the truth, there will be no basis to take action against you. Perjury is for knowingly giving false testimony.

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