Can I Be Forced to Testify Against My Boyfriend in a Domestic Violence Case?

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“I am involved in domestic violence case. I am the witness, I have just been subpoena to testify against my boyfriend. They served me Friday and court is on Monday. I did not have time to get a public defender considering the short notice of being served. My question is can they force me to testify?”

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The laws on victim testimony vary with both state and local rules.  Often with respect to relationships, the rule is that a spouse cannot be  forced to testify against a spouse, but when the parties are not married, that rule often does not apply.  But you will need to consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction to find out what, exactly, your options are.

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