About the Commonwealths Attorneys Office
Who is the Commonwealths Attorney and what does he do?
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor charge?
Why am I a witness? I didnt see the crime occur.
What if the defense attorney contacts me?
I was issued a subpoena for court. What happens if I dont show up?
What if my employer wont let me come to court?
Can I drop charges?
What is a preliminary hearing, and do I need to be there?
What is an advisement and why does the victim/witness NOT have to be present?
What is a grand jury and why does the victim/witness NOT need to be present?
Why are some misdemeanor cases not assigned to a prosecutor, leaving the victim/witness without legal representation at the court hearing?
What to expect in court
Do I have to testify in front of the defendant?
Who will be with me in court?
How long will I be in court?
How do I know if my case has been called off?
Domestic Violence topics
When does the Commonwealths Attorneys Office handle domestic violence misdemeanors?
I am a domestic violence victim. Can I drop the charges?
What if someone threatens me?
Who pays for travel expenses for a victim or witness who does not live in the Newport News area?
I cant afford to pay the medical expenses that resulted from this crime. What compensation is available to me?
What resources are available in the community to assist me?
I am the victim in a criminal case. How do I find out who will be prosecuting my case?
I feel that a crime has been committed. What should I do? Do I report the crime directly to the Commonwealths Attorneys Office?
Can you tell me when a court event is scheduled?
Can I talk to Mr. Gwynn? I think he is the person working on my case since his name appears on my court documents.