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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 method is simply starting. As against the law sufferer, you will have yes rights and tasks in the felony justice system-and possibilities to hunt justice open air of the felony approach, 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 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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The police or other criminal justice personnel may provide protective assistance, and in all states, intimidation of the victim can be a criminal act. In some states, the prosecutor may specifically request revocation of the defendant’s bond for intimidating, threatening, or harming the victim or the victim’s family. Court procedures can be lengthy. Property taken as evidence or recovered by police in the possession of the offender should be promptly returned to the victim once its evidentiary purpose has been met.

A no contest plea is helpful for the defendant because the facts of the case are not proven and thus cannot be used in a later civil trial as evidence of guilt. If the defendant does not answer or make a plea, it will be presumed that the plea is not guilty. At this first hearing, an attorney will be appointed for the defendant if he cannot afford private counsel. The defendant will likely plead not guilty. Where bail has not been preset, the judge makes the decision to grant or deny bail to the defendant.

This officer is usually more experienced than the patrol or 33 crime victim’s guide to justice responding officer, and will follow up all leads in an effort to identify and collect evidence. The detective will likely need to re-interview the victim. This time the interview will be in much greater detail in an effort to uncover additional information that might help in the investigation. If the suspect is unknown, the detective may investigate possible candidates for motives and alibis. THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIM Under victim’s rights laws, the victim has a right in many states to request information on the status of the investigation, and where it does not compromise the investigation, the police will usually provide that information.

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