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Often time the first opportunity to speak will be at sentencing. This is called a victim impact statement.
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The law requires live testimony in criminal cases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A defendant is often times ordered to pay what is called restitution when they are sentenced. Make a Request for Restitution.