|VICTIM-WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
|The Victim-Witness Assistance Program was established in the Tenth Judicial Circuit (Anderson & Oconee Counties) in 1980. There are currently four victim advocates in the Anderson Office and one in the Oconee Office.
The program is set up in accordance with guidelines written by the Victim Assistance Policy Committee. This committee established the operating standards for Solicitor-based Victim-Witness Assistance Programs to implement the Victim’s Bill of Rights, which was passed by the Legislature in 1978. The Victim Rights Constitutional Amendment and Implementing Legislation were passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1997 and 1998. The Victim-Witness Program is required by law to attempt to notify victims, should they wish to be notified, of all proceedings in a case. (Ref. SC Constitution Article 1, Section 24.)
Rights of Victims and Witnesses
|What is the Role of a Victim Advocate?
When a crime occurs, the “State” (represented by the Solicitor or one of his assistants) prosecutes the case. The Victim-Witness Assistance Unit of the Solicitor’s Office aids crime victims by offering many services that are confidential and free of charge.
Advocates inform victims of their rights. They act as liaisons between the victims and other agencies. They attend court hearings with victims or attend on their behalf. They inform victims of hearing dates, case updates, and defendant’s sentences. They set up pretrial conferences upon a Solicitor’s request and attend them. They attend hearings when requested to attend by the victim or their family.
During the time it takes to prepare a case for court, the Victim Advocate will keep you informed about your case and provide help that includes:
Frequently Asked Questions
If the defendant is able to get a bond will I be notified of his/her release from jail?
Yes, if you have given your correct information to the reporting officer stating you wanted to be notified or if you notify the Anderson or Oconee County Detention Center (based on the location of the inmate) of your wishes.My home was broken into and I have to replace the items. Who will pay for them?
There is no funding available for stolen or damaged personal property. However, you can request the Judge who sentences the defendant after he is found guilty, or pleads guilty, to order the defendant to reimburse you for your loss. Depending on the circumstances, the Judge may or may not require the defendant to pay restitution. You can also seek the advice of a civil attorney to attempt to regain your losses.
If I fail to return my Victim Impact Statement to the Victim Witness Office, will I automatically be contacted about events in my case?
I have moved out of state, will I still be notified?
The defendant on my case pled guilty and was ordered to pay me restitution. I have not recovered any money or only received partial payment. What should I do?
I am afraid to look at the defendant but I want the Judge to know how the crime affected me. What can I do?
My boyfriend has threatened to hurt me and he has hit me before. Can I get an Order of Protection?
Where do I park when I come to court?
- JUDGE SENTENCES CHILD MOLESTER TO 65 YEARS IN PRISON November 29, 2022
- ALDRICH SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR MURDER December 9, 2021
- OCONEE MAN SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS FOR KIDNAPPING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE July 27, 2021
- Decota Castle Brown Found Guilty of Murder in Oconee County July 1, 2021
- REPEAT OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND PROPERTY OFFENSES May 26, 2021
- PELFREY SENTENCED IN FELONY DUI CASE IN OCONEE February 22, 2021
- REPEAT OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING October 13, 2020
- MERRIWEATHER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON January 8, 2020
- DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON IN ANDERSON December 19, 2019
- SLUDERS SENTENCED IN SEX ABUSE CASE December 18, 2019
- REYNOLDS SENTENCED TO 35 YEARS IN PRISON November 23, 2019
- OCONEE MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON November 23, 2019
- SERIAL BURGLAR AND THIEF SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON WITH NO PAROLE October 24, 2019
- SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON September 23, 2019
- BRYANT SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE September 16, 2019
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