What To Expect: Trials, Tribulations, and Hearings

Victims Advocates will contact the victim before, during, and after each arraignment or rescheduled hearing.

Some states have asinine statutes of limitations for sexual abuse charges.

A perpetrator can confess in a taped confession, but still plead not guilty on a technicality.

A perpetrator can take a plea bargain months after the deadline.

A victim can be subpoenaed for a trial, but not a sentencing hearing.

Victims who choose to attend sentencing hearings are responsible for all travel arrangements and fees.

Nearly every step of a trial can be rescheduled for 30, 45, or 60 days out.

A court case can take 18 months from start to finish.

Court sessions never start on time.

Courtrooms look nothing like they do on the silver screen.

Courtrooms look like conference rooms with pews.

Stenographers are fast…but not as fast as they are on tv.

Open court means complete strangers unrelated to the case can listen to the victim’s graphic statement.

The judge doesn’t use a gavel.

Adrenaline gets the victim through the hearing.

After a hearing, the victim will eat a Panera sandwich, cup of soup, apple, and baguette…and three pieces of chocolate cake at a friend’s house.*

A person who gets a 15 year sentence, can be eligible for parole after serving only 6 years.


*Experiences may vary from case to case. Victims are not required to celebrate with Panera. Or chocolate cake.

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4 thoughts on “What To Expect: Trials, Tribulations, and Hearings

  1. Ali Armstrong says:

    My thoughts are with you :) Keep on being brave and take good care of yourself!


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