The sixth amendment in the United States Constitution guarantees someone accused of a crime the right to be confronted by the witness. Intimidation and threats can often result in a victim deciding not to participate in the prosecution of domestic violence cases. In this webinar, participants consider Forfeiture by Wrongdoing as a way to introduce victim statements when a survivor is absent from court as a result of intimidation tactics.
Speaker Bio: Crystal Allen is the current Osceola Bureau Chief for the State Attorney in Circuit 9. Ms. Allen is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, 2005. She was previously with the State Attorney’s Office from March 2006 through April 2015 as a Domestic Violence Specialist. She has worked with victims in preparation for trial testimony, depositions and hearings. Ms. Allen has trained new attorneys in the domestic violence unit on victim contact, trial preparation, case law and charging. Ms. Allen is a member of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. She has provided training to the University of Central Florida, Legal Studies Department and Regional Law Enforcement trainings for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.