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 approach is simply starting. As a criminal offense sufferer, you've got definite rights and duties in the legal justice system-and possibilities to hunt justice outdoors of the legal procedure, via litigation in civil court.This ebook offers web content and e-mail addresses, and explains the criminal procedure, and your rights or tasks relating to such issues as:Reporting a crimeSeeking scientific and emotional helpProtecting your privateness rightsKnowing police research proceduresArresting the perpetratorFiling legal chargesCrime mappingProtecting your self and your loved ones from harassmentProceeding prior to 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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Many also provide excellent links to other sites that provide crime victims with information. Not all programs are on the Internet, but most nonprofit crime victim organizations obtain some state or federal funding in addition to private resources. Each state has an administrator for the federal funds, and this agency will have a listing of the pro13 crime victim’s guide to justice grams that receive funding to provide crime victim assistance. Many private and public programs advertise or network with their local police or prosecutor, and they will be able to refer you for help.
L Ask for a copy of your police report, and any other available law enforcement documents. l Contact your local prosecutor’s office or speak to victim-witness personnel for copies of charging documents and relevant laws. l Check with your state attorney general’s office for a victim’s or crime bureau division, and ask them to send you copies of information on crime victim compensation and other programs for victims. 23 crime victim’s guide to justice l Separate police, prosecutor, and legal information into separate stacks or files.
THE VICTIM INTERVIEW The officer will question the victim to obtain preliminary information. The victim will be asked to described what happened (date, time, place, details) and to provide information concerning the defendant’s identity or description. For example, the officer will want to know how the offender made contact with you. The offender may be following a pattern; he may be an experienced criminal who commits crimes only at certain times or in certain places. Sometimes, the offender will “test” the victim before a robbery, mugging, or other attack.