By Mary Boland
Have you ever BEEN A sufferer OF CRIME? do not develop into A sufferer OF THE criminal SYSTEM!If you've been the sufferer of crime, your involvement with the justice procedure is simply starting. As against the law sufferer, you might have sure rights and tasks in the felony justice system-and possibilities to hunt justice outdoor of the legal technique, via litigation in civil court.This ebook offers web content and e-mail addresses, and explains the criminal process, and your rights or tasks concerning such concerns as:Reporting a crimeSeeking scientific 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 courtroom personnelUnderstanding on-line crimes
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17 crime victim’s guide to justice NOTE: In order to avoid overzealous defense investigators, the state of Oregon gives victims a constitutional right to refuse to speak with defense investigators. Victims and assailants often came in contact with each other in the hallways surrounding the preliminary hearings, causing the victim continued distress. Victims are now entitled to wait in areas that minimize contact with the defendant. CONTINUANCES Repeated continuances can cost the victim unnecessary expenses such as hiring a baby-sitter, leave from work, and parking.
Prompt reporting is also important in prosecution. Some victims immediately report the crime. In other cases, a passerby, eyewitness, friend, or family member calls the police. In cases of violence between acquaintances, domestic violence, rape, and child abuse, it is not unusual for the victim to wait hours, days, months, or even years before notifying police. Although the police are primarily trained to investigate current reports of crime, many departments encourage citizens to report older cases as a way of solving repeat crimes.
Take a business card if one is available. Throughout your case, update your records. There is no need to keep several copies of each item; one will do. By organizing your records, you will be able to utilize information in filing insurance claims or crime victim’s compensation forms, during testimony, at sentencing and parole hearings, or for filing a later civil lien or a civil suit. 24 Y O U R P R I VA C Y RIGHTS 4 The criminal justice system is generally open to the public. The concept of a public proceeding promotes fairness and openness in decision making.
Crime Victim's Guide to Justice, 2E (current for any state) (Legal Survival Guides) by Mary Boland