Crime Victim's Guide to Justice, 2E (current for any state) by Mary Boland

By Mary Boland

Have you ever BEEN A sufferer OF CRIME? do not develop into A sufferer OF THE felony SYSTEM!If you've been the sufferer of crime, your involvement with the justice procedure is simply starting. As a criminal offense sufferer, you've definite rights and duties in the felony justice system-and possibilities to hunt justice outdoors of the felony method, via litigation in civil court.This booklet offers web content and e mail addresses, and explains the criminal method, and your rights or tasks relating to such concerns as:Reporting a crimeSeeking clinical and emotional helpProtecting your privateness rightsKnowing police research proceduresArresting the perpetratorFiling felony chargesCrime mappingProtecting your self and your loved ones from harassmentProceeding sooner than trialTestifying at trialTestifying at sentencingFiling and pursuing a civil lawsuit opposed to the criminalObtaining crime victim's compensationGetting info from the courtroom and court docket personnelUnderstanding on-line crimes

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Victims are entitled to be free from intimidation and harassment while attending court proceedings. A secure or safe waiting area may mean a separate waiting room, or waiting in the office of the prosecutor or the victim-witness coordinator, or it may mean waiting in an empty jury room or office. If no provisions have been made in advance, ask the prosecutor for assistance in directing you to a waiting area that minimizes your contact with the defendant, his family, and his friends while awaiting hearings.

Thus, once the case is filed, court documents with victim information become available to the press. VICTIM INFORMATION 26 Some states have responded by enacting legislation that would prohibit police, prosecutors, or other public officials from releasing this information to the press. Thus, private identifying victim information does not become part of the public record. For example, Pennsylvania law provides that the victim’s address and phone number shall not be disseminated to persons other than the police, prosecutor, or corrections officials without the consent of the victim.

The victim may be provided with a name, address, and contact phone number of the police officer or prosecutor 19 crime victim’s guide to justice assigned to the case. Larger police departments may have victim-assistance officers who keep the victim informed as to the status of the case and provide any notices or written follow-up to the victim on victim assistance programs, such as available crisis intervention or crime victims’ compensation (sometimes called reparation). Although some information may be automatically provided,states commonly require the victim to request to be kept informed of case progress.

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