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Your sister is the complainant on the case, not the defendant. Typically, the DA would act as your sister's lawyer for purposes of this case, as she is the chief witness. The police would not be talking to the defendant at this point, as he's already been charged and may even have counsel. But it is irregular that your sister would be hearing from the police at this juncture.
If she feels that there's a chance that the police are going to accuse her of false allegations, then absolutely she should speak to a local criminal attorney before she calls the police and that attorney can scope out what the police want.
If the civil attorney has done any criminal law -- many lawyers in general practice handle both civil and criminal cases -- you can tell him of the development and see what he thinks. If he's never handled criminal, it's very different from civil and you shouldn't have him call the police.
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