RESOURCES FOR CRIME VICTIMS
Victims of violent crimes have experienced something that most people can only imagine. Everyone deals with the experience differently. Experts from the National Center for Victims of Crime recommend seeking support as soon as possible and maintaining that support throughout the process of prosecuting and sentencing the perpetrator. There are many resources available in Georgia, and the attorneys at Butler Tobin are here to make sure you find the right ones for you and your family.
GEORGIA CRIME VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS
In Georgia, crime victims are granted specific rights under the Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights (O.C.G.A. § 17-115-1 et seq.). This act applies to victims of homicide, assault and battery, elder abuse, robbery, sexual offenses, and victims in some motor vehicle collisions.
The Georgia Crimes Victims Bill of Rights grants crime victims the right to be notified of scheduled court proceedings; the right to be notified when the perpetrator of the crime is arrested; the right to speak at any hearings related to the sentencing, plea bargaining, or release of the perpetrator; and the right to restitution as allowed by law. Under this law, crime victims also have the right to file written objections in parole proceedings and the right to be treated fairly by all of the law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
GEORGIA CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION PROGRAM
CRIME VICTIMS ADVOCACY COUNCIL
Choosing to move a loved one into a nursing facility isn’t an easy decision. When you find the right facility, you expect that staff members will protect your loved one from danger. Unfortunately, understaffing is a big problem in some nursing homes. There have been many cases of residents wandering off and getting lost because no one was around to stop them. Tragically, some of these residents sustained serious injuries.
ELDER ABUSE LAWS
Victim Services Programs:
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council has several programs for crime victims, such as the advocate service program and the DUI memorial fund.
Kate’s Club offers support for children and teens who are grieving the death of a sibling or parent.
Office for Victims of Crime:
The U.S. Department of Justice offers a list of resources for crime victims in all 50 states.
If you have any questions about these resources or want to know more about your legal rights are, we welcome you to call us for a private and confidential consultation. We will protect your privacy and your call is free.