Will I have to appear in court after I caught a guy inside my car stealing?

I caught a guy inside my car stealing my stuff. He tried to fight me but I held him until the police came and arrested him for public intoxication and entering a vehicle with intent to steal. Will I have to appear in court or anything like


Asked on June 5, 2017 under Criminal Law, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if he is prosecuted, you will have to appear in court--not as a party (e.g. a defendant) but as a witness. You are the witness to the attempted theft, to the fight, etc. The authorities will need your tesimony at trial.

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