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AN ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
Albemarle County Victim/Witness Assistance Program

(434) 296-5830

Albemarle County Police Department
1600 5th Street, Suite D
Charlottesville, VA 22902
 
The Albemarle County Police Department Victim/Witness Program (ACPD V/W) is designed to assist you with your involvement though the criminal justice system. It is our goal to ensure that your rights as a victim or as a witness are not overlooked. The ACPD V/W has been in existence since 1983. We strive to provide you with quality service and help to minimize the frustration that is often associated with the court process.
If you are a victim or a witness to a crime you have certain rights under the Virginia Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act (19.2-11.01). See below a brief description. For full description please see “link to resources website.”
RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS IN VIRGINIA
If you are a crime victim and have suffered physical, psychological or economic harm as a direct result of any felony or certain misdemeanors you may be entitled to:
Protection
-From further harm and threats of harm
-Waiting area separate from the accused during court proceedings
-Protective Order in Juvenile Domestic Relation Court or General District Court

Financial Assistance

-Assistance from Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (CICF) to pay unreimbursed expenses, including medical expenses, lost wages, counseling fees or funeral expenses, of victims who suffer personal physical injury or death as a result of a crime.
-Prompt return of property being held as evidence, when it is no longer needed for court
-Restitution for damages or loss, if ordered by the court

Notification

-Information on the status of your case throughout the court process
-Assistance in dealing with your employer if you need to miss work
-Prisoner release notification

Victim Input

-Victim Impact Statement preparation
-Courtroom presence during trial

Courtroom Assistance

-Confidentiality of phone number and address
-Closed preliminary hearing in limited situations
-Use of two-way, closed circuit television in limited situations
 
CONTACT:

THE VICTIM/WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IF:
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You have a question about your role as a witness.
-You would like an explanation of court procedures or a courtroom tour before you testify.
-You need someone to speak to your employer about your appearing as a witness.
-Your personal property is being held as evidence and you want to know if you can recover it.
-You are eligible and wish to file a claim with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.
-You have changed your address or phone number
-You need referral to social services agencies that provide emergency financial, medical, or psychological assistance to crime victims.
-You are not receiving restitution payments that were ordered by the court.
-You have received crime related harassment or threats.
-You need information regarding your case status.
-You have questions concerning your rights as a crime victim or you wish to assert certain rights.
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA VICTIM NOTIFICATION PROGRAM:
-If you are a crime victim, the family member of a crime victim, or the legal guardian of a crime victim you have the right to be notified of any appeal or habeas corpus proceeding in your case.
 
APPELLATE PROCESS:
If a defendant is convicted of a crime in Virginia and desires a higher court to review the conviction or sentence, he or she may file a direct appeal. The Court of Appeals of Virginia must review the Circuit Court Record of Trial for any errors by the trial judge. These errors may warrant a reversal of the conviction or sentence, or possibly a new trial.
HABEAS CORPUS PROCESS:
The defendant (now the petitioner) may seek further review of his or her conviction or sentence by filing a State Habeas Corpus petition I he or she believes a pre-trial, hearing, trial, sentence, or appeal was improperly conducted. The defendant may file a Federal Habeas Corpus petition if he or she believes imprisonment involves the violation of his or her federal constitutional rights.
BROCHURES LINKS TO RESOURCE WEBSITES IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS