When Your Case Goes to Court
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What can I expect if my identity theft case goes to court?
If you are a victim of fraud identity theft and the your case makes it to court, here is what you can expect:
- You, as a victim and witness have the right to be treated fairly and be protected from the accused criminal. You may request that any information you fill out for the court process will remain private. Ask that all personal information be blacked out (redacted) from court records.
- You have the right to be notified of court proceedings related to the crime and receive information about the conviction, identity theft penalty, imprisonment, and release of the identity thief.
- You have the right to prepare a victim impact statement for pre-sentencing.
- You have the right to receive educational information and referrals to programs for victims of identity theft.
Be sure to attend proceedings if possible. Your presence may make a difference to the impact of the trial. Be sure to schedule an interview with the DA ahead of time to discuss the case and what to expect during the court process. If you are going to testify, you will review your testimony with someone from the DA's office before your appearance in court. When you go to court, dress in business attire, take notes, and do not interfere from the sidelines. If you feel there is something you must tell the court, write it down and ask the bailiff to deliver it to the attorney or judge.