- Information about the court process and case progress
- Information on the Michigan Crime Victims Compensation Fund and assistance in completing forms.
- Making referrals to other community agencies for additional help
- Accompanying victims to court, upon request
- Providing and assisting in the completion of Victim Impact Statements
- Providing information and assistance in obtaining restitution
- Making an oral and written Victim Impact Statement at the sentencing hearing
- Notification of release, parole, probation, or escape of the offenders and for sexual assault exams.
Additional questions can be answered by calling the crime victim advocate / navigator.
- Why am I receiving a subpoena?
The law requires live testimony in criminal cases.
- Why was this case rescheduled?
Cases are rescheduled for many reasons. Witnesses or attorneys may be unavailable. Multiple hearings are set each day and the court decides the scheduling priority of each case.
- How can I get my medical bills paid for or my loss of wages covered?
The Crime Victim Compensation Fund is able to help with medical, counseling, funeral, and crime scene cleanup expenses. It can also cover loss of wages or support. These expenses, however, can only be covered for victims with physical injuries as a result of a crime. Call our office for assistance.
- Why are some cases plea-bargained?
The practical demands of the court system, plus the defendant's speedy trial rights, the seriousness of the cases, the victims' wishes, public safety, etc., are all interests that are considered by the Prosecutor when deciding how to proceed. A plea agreement is always designed to balance these competing interests.
- What is the difference between no-contact orders and PPOs?
A no-contact order is issued as a condition of bond, automatically in some cases. This is placed by the judge. If a victim wants the no contact removed, they may contact District Court to request a hearing.
PPOs are initiated by a victim and are outside the criminal case. If successful, the court orders another person to stop threats or violence against you.
Law Enforcement can respond to either violation.
- How do I press charges?
If you are a victim or witness to a crime, call the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency as they have to investigate before it reaches the Prosecuting Attorney. Once the report reaches the prosecuting attorney she will decide what, if any, charges to press.
- Can I drop charges?
Charges are brought on by Law Enforcement and the prosecuting attorney working together. Crimes are committed against the victim, but also the community. Thus, the State of Michigan presses chares, leaving that burden on the prosecutors. The victim's opinions are important but ultimately it is the prosecutor's decision.
- Will I get to speak in court?
Often time the first opportunity to speak will be at sentencing. This is called a victim impact statement.
- How would I get reimbursement for other financial losses?
A defendant is often times ordered to pay what is called restitution when they are sentenced. Make a Request for Restitution.