What is a bond hearing and what is the victim's role?
The defendant may request a bond hearing in which the judge reviews the defendant's current bond and determines whether or not to reduce it. The victim has the right to be notified of such proceedings and may address the court. The victim informs the court of any reason why the defendant should not receive a reduction, i.e. future threat to you or others; unemployed; unstable living conditions; or not living in this area.

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1. I am the victim in a criminal case. How do I find out who will be prosecuting my case?
2. I have moved from Suffolk since the crime occurred. Who pays for my travel expenses?
3. I am a domestic violence victim. My husband promised to never lay a hand on me again. Can I drop the charges?
4. What is a preliminary hearing, and do I need to be there?
5. I can't afford to pay the medical expenses which resulted from this crime. What compensation is available to me?
6. I have been threatened to drop the charges and told not to testify. Who can help me?
7. I am concerned that the defendant's attorney may contact me. What should I do?
8. Who do I contact if I feel an elderly person or physically impaired adult is being abused, neglected or injured?
9. What is a bond hearing and what is the victim's role?
10. I was issued a subpoena for court. What happens if I don't show up?