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Provide you general information regarding the criminal justice system.
If you have never had experience with the criminal justice system, the process can be confusing. The Victim Services Division is available to help you understand how the system actually works. As your case moves through the judicial system the Victim Services Division is available to answer questions regarding the progress of your case.
The Victim Impact Statement is a detailed account of the emotional, physical and financial effects the crime has had on you, the victim and your family members. Victim Services will provide you with this form and help you complete it, if necessary.
Victims may receive help in paying certain bills (ex: medical, counseling) that are incurred as a result of a crime. Victim Services can help you understand the requirements that must be met to be eligible for the Crime Victim Compensation fund. If you meet the basic requirements, we will assist you in preparing the application and submitting it to the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.
Victim Services can meet with you one-on-one, or with other members of your family, for short-term counseling to help in the aftermath of a crime. Oftentimes talking about what has happened to you helps in your recovery and transition to life in the wake of your new circumstances. We will also refer you to long-term counseling should the need be apparent.
There are many social service agencies that can help in the aftermath of a crime. Victim Services can help put you in contact with the agencies that may be able to help.
Whenever you must appear in court, someone from Victim Services will be available to accompany you, and explain ahead of time what to expect.
There are employers, doctor’s offices, and other people involved in your life who many times need explanation as to what has taken place if you are the victim of a crime. In addition, victims can sometimes be overlooked, ignored or taken for granted as the prosecuting process unfolds. Victim Services is on your side and will advocate for you in any way you need to help ease the burden and see that your rights are upheld.
When a defendant is convicted, the Court may order restitution to be paid as a condition of probation or parole. The court may order restitution for any loss – and it is not limited to violent offenses as is the Compensation Fund. It is important that you assist law enforcement in gathering information concerning your individual loss and give that to our office. The D.A.’s office will present the information to the court at the time of trial and seek to obtain the court order for you to recover your property loss.
Victim Services will help you write parole protest letters and other necessary correspondence related to your victimization.
Regardless of what your need may be, please do not hesitate to contact our Victim Services Coordinator at 806-291-5241.