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Asked on: 11/06/13, 4:27 pm

My father is on trial and being charged for PC288.5(A)

I am one of the many victims of the crime, but happen to be supposedly the "main victim" and without me they wouldn't have a case. The DA claims that I only have to testify 1, maybe 2 days, and I'll be completely done with everything. They originally told me I would never have to testify, they would take a statement and the detective that took the statement would testify on my behalf. How can I not be forced to relive this experience? What do I need to know prior to testifying or do I have the right to demand they have the detective testify on my behalf like they said he would? I saw something on marsy's law about refusal to be interviewed by the defense, does that mean that during the trial I don't have to deal with the defense at all? Or is that just something to do with pre-trial? I never wanted to be apart of this and it's a long and terrible story on how I ended up here, but I need guidance. I will not be a victim again, I need to be as informed as possible to preferably get out of this entirely (but realistically finish this with some dignity). Please help.

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