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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Assistant State Attorney or the Victim/Witness Advocate assigned to your case.
The State Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Program provides the following services: Whether or not an arrest has been made in your case, the Victim/Witness Program is available to assist you. We are here to help you, and there is no cost to you for our services.
The criminal justice process is set into motion when a crime is committed and law enforcement is contacted. You have seen, heard, or know something that is important.
A law enforcement officer will question you about the identity of the suspect, details of the crime, the location of the crime scene, etc.
It is the policy of the State Attorney and the Law Enforcement agencies within the Eighth Judicial Circuit to treat all victims and witnesses with dignity, respect, and compassion at all times.
Many times, if the Defendant is represented by an attorney, his or her attorney will file a "Written Plea of Not Guilty" in lieu of the Defendant personally appearing in Court.
You will be sworn in prior to your deposition being taken, and it will be taken before an official court reporter, the Defense Attorney, and an Assistant State Attorney. As a victim, you have the right to have a victim advocate accompany you to the deposition, if you so desire.
Prior to the trial, the Defendant may agree to plead guilty or plead nolo contendere and be sentenced.
We hope this will help you better understand your rights as a victim or witness, what to expect during the prosecution of the case and the services available to you. Your cooperation and patience are appreciated very much.
If we can answer any questions or assist you in any way, please feel free to call us.