Victim/Witness of Crime
A VICTIM OR WITNESS HAS THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS:
1. To be treated with fairness, respect and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse and informed of a victim's constitutional rights.
2. Be reasonably informed when the accused or convicted person is arrested, released from custody, or has escaped.
3. Be informed of and present at all criminal proceedings which are dispositive of the charges where the defendant has the right to be present.
4. To be allowed to submit either a written or oral statement at all hearings affecting bond or bail.
5. To be heard at any proceeding involving a post-arrest, a plea, or sentencing.
6. Be reasonably protected from the accused or persons acting on his behalf throughout the criminal justice process.
7. To confer with the prosecution after the crime against the victim has been charged, before the trial, or before any disposition, and informed of the disposition.
8. To have reasonable access after the conclusion of the criminal investigation to all documents relating to the crime against the victim before trial.
9. To receive prompt and full restitution from the convicted person or persons.
10. To be informed of any proceeding when any post-conviction action or hearing, and be present at any hearing.
11. To be a reasonable disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case.
A VICTIM OR WITNESS HAS THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide your legal name, current mailing address, and current telephone number to the appropriate agency. Inform appropriate agencies of any change in your name, address, or telephone number. Inform the Solicitor's Office or the court if you desire to be present for any hearing or sentencing. In order to receive restitution, provide full details of the financial impact of the crime committed against you in a timely manner. Inform the Solicitors Office or the Court of your rights to make a written or oral Victim Impact Statement in a timely manner.
WHAT IF A VICTIM OR WITNESS IS HARASSED OR THREATENED?
Immediately contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office to report the harassment or threat.
THE SOUTH CAROLINA VICTIM'S COMPENSATION FUND
This fund may provide benefits to victims of crime for medical expenses, counseling, and loss of earnings that are not covered by other sources. It does not provide compensation for property loss or pain and suffering.
To determine if you qualify for the compensation fund, to receive assistance with filing an application, or to find out what other financial assistance may be available, please contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office of Victim Assistance at 864-487-2745. You may also contact the South Carolina Governor's Office, Division of Victims Assistance at 1-800-220-5370.
SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
Law Enforcement Victim Advocates with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office of Victim Assistance provides services to victims and witnesses from the time the crime occurs, during the investigation, and throughout the criminal justice system. You may contact the Victim Assistance Office at 864-487-2745. The office is located in the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at 312 East Frederick Street.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS FOR VICTIMS
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition
1-800-273-5066 or 864-583-9803
Department of Juvenile Justice
Cherokee County Detention Center
Department of Social Services
Cherokee County Solicitor's Office
Governor's Office Crime Victim's Ombudsman
1-888-238-0697 or 803-734-0357
S.C. Victim's Assistance Network
Governor's Office Division of Victim's
1-800-220-5370 or 803-734-1900