Crime Victim Bill Of Rights
The Georgia Crime Victim Bill of Rights is the governing philosophy dealing with victims of and witnesses to a crime. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is committed to the development, implementation and perpetuation of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program as created and administered through the Richmond County District Attorney's Office and the State Court Solicitor's Office.
In this regard the Sheriff's Office recognizes that:
The Richmond County District Attorney's Office, the Richmond County Solicitor's Office and the Sheriff's Office are the agencies primarily responsible for the delivery of Victim and Witness services in Richmond County.
Victim's Rights Notification
The information provided below is intended to assist you in locating and receiving the services you are entitled to as a victim/witness of a crime. There are many services available to you and it is important that you take advantage of these services to help cope with both the short and long-term consequences of being a crime victim. At any time if you are threatened, harassed or intimidated by a suspect or perpetrator in this case you can call 911 for assistance.
In compliance with OCGA 17-17-6, Sheriff's Office provides this information.
1. The person accused of criminal activity toward you may be released from custody before trial. This is commonly known as "bonding out."
2. You, as a victim, have certain rights during various stages of the criminal justice process. Depending upon which court has jurisdiction in your case, either the District Attorney's Office or the State Court Solicitor's Office will notify you of your rights and explain to you the judicial process as it pertains to your case.
District Attorney Ashley Wright has a staff of five, including a director and four victims advocates, and they may be reached at 706-821-1135 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. State Court Solictor Office Kellie K. McIntyre has two staff members assigned to victim's rights and they may be reached at 706-821-1220 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
3. As a victim, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for certain out-of-pocket losses incurred as a result of your victimization. You can contact the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at 404-559-4949 or 404-559-4177 TDD for further information or visit their website at www. cjcc.ga.gov.
4. You, as a victim, may be eligible for community based victim service programs. More information about the various programs can be obtained by contacting the Governor's Victim Assistance Helpline at 800-338-6745.
To receive these services you must provide to the Sheriff's Office, the prosecutor's office, and the incarcerating agency your current address and telephone number. A pager number is NOT sufficient for this purpose.
You will be notified when the accused has been arrested, if this has not already occurred. This notification will be in person, by telephone or by mail by the arresting Law Enforcement Agency. Should the suspect or the suspect's companions or family threaten, intimidate or harass you in any way then you should dial "911" and notify law enforcement immediately. You may also call and report the incident to the investigating officer or to the Victim/Witness Services of the District Attorney's Office or Solicitor's Office.
In accordance with O.C.G.A. Chapter 17, the Georgia Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights, The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office provides the following information.
If you are a victim or the family member of a victim of one or more of the following crimes:
Then you are entitled to know the following:
Who is eligible for Victims Compensation?
Innocent victims who have been physically injured in a violent crime. Including but not limited to victims of: Assault/Battery, Homicide, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Domestic/Family Violence, DUI Crash Victims, Vehicular Homicide, Hit and Run, Serious Injury by Vehicle,
Some other eligibility requirements include:
Who is not eligible?
Victims of property crime; Victims who consent, provoke, or incite the crime committed against them; Victims who were participating in a criminal act; Victims who do not report the crime to law enforcement officials within 72 hours; Victims/claimants are required to exhaust funds from other sources such as health insurance, car insurance, social security, annual/sick leave pay, disability insurance, worker’s compensation, unemployment compensation or funds from other government agencies
Additional information regarding the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights and the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund can be found at http://cjcc.georgia.gov/victims-compensation.