Victim/Witness Service Program
What is Victim/Witness Services?
The victim/Witness Services program of the District attorney is designed to provide assistance and accompaniment for victims and/or witnesses throughout the criminal justice system.
How is it Funded?
The program is grant funded. Grants have been awarded by the Division of Child and Family Services Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the State of nevada Attorney General's Office Violence Against Women Act (STOP VAWA). These awards are fiscally managed by the lincoln county District Attorney's Office. community support is obtained by inkind donations of supplies, services and volunteer hours.
What Can the Victim Witness System do for Me?
The Advocates will help you file for compensation programs (if eligible), attend court and interviews (upon request), locate resources and referrals throughout the justice system.
What is the "Criminal Justice System?"
The criminal justice system is made up of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, courts, jails, prisons, probation and parole officers, parole board and advocates. Each assigned their own specific tasks.
What are Victim/Witness Service Advocates?
Victim/Witness Services advocates are persons available to help victims and/or witnesses understand and access the criminal justice system. Advocates help clarify procedures, inform about assistance programs and resources. Advocates are informed, non-authority "friends" for victims, survivors and witnesses or crime, ensuring their rights are known.
What are "Victim Rights?"
the 1983 Nevada General Assembly mandated certain rights and guarantees to the Crime victim's Bill of Rights. Chapter 178 of the Nevada Revised Statutes recognizes the following rights for crime victims and witnesses:
- You have the right to know the status of the case in which you are involved.
- You have the right to be free from intimidation or dissuasion.
- You have the right to know when your impounded property can be released.
- You have the right to receive a witness fee for lawful obedience to a subpoena.
- You have the right to understand the existing victim compensation laws and receive compensation if applicable.
- You have the right to a secure waiting area, which is not available to the defendant or his family, when you are in court.
- You have the right to know when the defendant is released from custody before or during trial (upon written request).
- You have the right to know when the offender is released from prison (upon written request).