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:

Crisis intervention

Status and case management report of your case

Courtroom Orientation

Support and assistance while attending court

Social service referrals

Claims for victim’s compensation

Attempted restitution assistance

Preparation of Victim Impact Statement

Emergency referrals

Counseling and follow-up

Special attention for the young, elderly and disabled

Employer and school contact

Compensation Fund:

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.

Restitution:

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.

 

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Yesterday, Derrick Cook was sentenced to eighteen years for breaking into a York County man’s house in the middle of the night and duct-taping and assaulting him.

Cook was scheduled for trial but pleaded guilty to a range of fifteen years...