SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES OF REPRESENTING VICTIMS & WITNESSES
Child Sex Offense: A mother retained me to represent her
12-year-old daughter, the alleged victim in a child molestation
prosecution. The child did not want to talk or testify about what
happened to her. The defense lawyer and the prosecutor asked the court
to order her to testify. I appeared and asked the court not to add to
the child's trauma. The court ordered that I make my client available
for a private interview with a CPS caseworker, who would report back to
the prosecutor. When the child continued to refuse to discuss what
happened, the prosecutor resolved the case without the child testifying.
Assault of a Child: A mother retained me to represent her
8-year-old son. The city charged his father with assaulting him. The
mother did not wish her son to have to testify in court against his
father. The father agreed to participate in a therapeutic program which
would permit the son to tell the father, in the presence of counselors,
how it felt to be assaulted. The prosecutor and defense reached a
resolution that did not require the child to testify.
Child Sex Offense: I was retained by the son of a man who
molested his granddaughters, including my client's toddler daughter. My
client wished to protect his daughter, both from his father and from any
intrusive investigation by the authorities; and he wished his father to
receive a SSOSA, a treatment-based sentence. I negotiated with
CPS to obtain an age-appropriate interview of the child. I helped the
client articulate his wishes to the court that sentenced his father,
resulting in a SSOSA.
Juvenile Sex Offenses: Parents retained me to advise them
regarding accusations that their son molested their younger daughter. I
helped them establish an appropriate safety plan to keep the daughter
safe. When CPS responded to investigate, it approved of the safety plan
we had in place and did not require a dependency action.