Is there a case without the victim showing up to court?

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Is there a case without the victim showing up to court?

I was in an altercation with someone and I shot them. The gun was collected later through a consent form, and I was charged with the shooting and possession of a gun. If victim doesn’t show, can I still be convicted of either crime/charge?

Asked on December 7, 2018 under Criminal Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can be if there is sufficient other evidence (e.g. a security video or photos; the gun with your fingerprints; a bullet from the victim matching the gun; testimony of other witnesses; etc.) to convict you. In a criminal case, the victim is just a witness--an important one, but still just a witness. As long as there is other evidence, the case goes on.


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