Victim Assistance and Correspondence
Victim-Witness Assistance Program:
During the time it takes to prepare your case for court by law enforcement and the Solicitor’s Office, the Victim-Witness Assistance Program will keep you informed and provide help that includes:
Status and case management report of your case
Support and assistance while attending court
Social service referrals
Claims for victim’s compensation
Attempted restitution assistance
Preparation of Victim Impact Statement
Counseling and follow-up
Special attention for the young, elderly and disabled
Employer and school contact
As a victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible for victim compensation from the State Office of Victim Assistance. Contact the Solicitor’s Victim-Witness Program. If you qualify, you may be paid for expenses resulting from the crime such as loss of earnings or unpaid medical expenses.
You may be entitled to reimbursement of expenses you have incurred by way of personal injury to property loss suffered as a result of a crime. There is no funding available for stolen or damaged personal property. However you may request the Judge who sentences the defendant after he is found guilty, or pleads guilty, to order the defendant to reimburse you for your loss. Depending on the circumstances, the judge may or may not require the defendant to pay restitution. You can also seek the advice of a civil attorney to attempt to regain your losses.
It is up to you to prove the amount of your loss to the court. Be sure to keep good records and bring them with you to all conferences and court appearances.